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    Scottish fury at EU-Faroe mackerel deal

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    The reciprocal access agreement struck between the EU and the Faroe Islands hasn’t been universally welcomed, and Scottish fishermen’s organisations are furious at the outcome that allows the Faroese fleet to catch a third of its mackerel quota in EU waters.

    According to the Shetland Fishermen’s Association, next year the Faroese fleet can take 24,690 tonnes of mackerel from Shetland waters; more than is available for the eight Shetland-based pelagic vessels.

    ‘It is imperative that this issue is raised by UK and Scottish ministers at the December Fisheries Council,’ said

    Simon Collins, executive officer of the Shetland Fishermen’s Association.

    ‘Mackerel is a key priority for the UK and Scotland, yet the EU has once again put the interests of a non-member fishing nation ahead of its own, underlining starkly why the sooner the UK is out of the Common Fisheries Policy the better. This must be revisited and a proper solution taking into account the imbalance of the arrangement needs to be found.’

    Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association chief executive Ian Gatt stated that in spite a public promise to review the arrangement and consult industry on an improved framework, the EU and Faroe have simply rolled over last year’s deal.

    ‘This is an utter disgrace,’ he said. ‘The Commission has gone back on its word to review this arrangement in light of what UK industry and government are saying to them and hold annual negotiations.’

    Source: Shetland Fishermen’s Association

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    Faroes strike fisheries agreements for 2019

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    Andras Kristiansen for the Faroe Islands and Jacques Verborgh for the EU shake on the 2019 fisheries agreement. Image: Fiskimálaráðið

    The Faroe Islands and the EU have agreed on reciprocal access for 2019, striking agreements with the EU, Russia and Greenland in recent weeks.

    Under the deal with the European Union, Faroese vessels able to take up to 32,500 tonnes of blue whiting in EU waters next year. The amount of herring each party can take in the others’ waters next year has been increased to 4500 tonnes, and the reciprocal access to mackerel in each others’ waters remains the same as this year at 24,690 tonnes.

    The Faroe Islands and Russia continue their agreement under which Russia has access to pelagic fisheries in Faroese waters while Faroese vessels receive demersal quotas in the Russian EEZ.

    With the reduced quotas for cod and haddock in the Barents Sea agreed between Russia and Norway, the Faroese quota in Russian waters is send next year at 15,690 tonnes of cod and 1569 tonnes of haddock, a 6.60% reduction, while the 900 tonne flatfish quota remains unchanged. The shrimp quota in Russian waters is 5000 tonnes.

    Russia gets an unchanged 81,000 tonne blue whiting quota in Faroese waters, while the mackerel and herring quotas are reduced. Russian vessels can take 12,500 tonnes of mackerel and 8555 tonnes of herring in the Faroese zone, and can also take a quarter of their NEAFC blue whiting quotas, 21,000 tonnes, in Faroese waters.

    Source: Fiskimálaráðið

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    Theresa May threatens to crash Brexit process as SNP prepares to strike with confidence vote

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    Fishing quota cuts loom as government prepares for final fisheries council

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    Fishermen’s leaders caution against vengeful action by EU

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    Fergus Ewing calls for Scottish representation in EU negotiations

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    The Scottish Government will fully support all efforts to secure the best deal possible, Fergus Ewing said

    Scotland’s Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing has called on the UK Government to ensure that Scotland’s interests are being fully represented at the coming week’s December Council in Brussels, following the disappointing outcome to recent negotiations.

    He has demanded that the UK delegation prioritise the resolution of choke risks associated with low- or zero-TAC stocks above all other issues at the meeting, given the potential impact on Scottish fishermen.

    ‘We now know what deal the UK Government proposes to take to Brussels for this year’s December Council negotiations and, although I support the general principles outlined, I have some major misgivings about some of the details,’ Fergus Ewing said.

    ‘I’m particularly concerned about the arrangements outlined for West of Scotland cod and whiting, which is why the delegation has to consider the brokering of a workable solution for those stocks as its highest priority. I am disappointed at the outcome of the recently concluded EU-Norway negotiations, which appear to have pushed aside the need to prioritise critical landing obligation issues of North Sea stocks, in favour of a deal that is neither fair nor acceptable to Scotland’s fishing industry – particularly in regards to the source of the blue whiting currency and the destination of the incoming arctic cod.’

    He said that this situation is unacceptable, as are the excessive associated costs and losses that Scotland incurs as a result.

    ‘I have therefore requested that our officials work together as a matter of urgency to ensure that the deal sought at the December Council better reflects an appropriate and fair deal for Scotland. I’m sure my counterparts in London need no reminding that this could be the last ever Council in which the UK Government has a vote. It’s more important than ever before to secure the best possible deal for Scotland and the UK’s fishing industry, as the outcomes could endure for some time before we are in a position to directly influence future negotiations,’ Fergus Ewing said.

    ‘The Scottish Government will fully support all efforts to secure the best deal possible.’

    Source: Scottish Government

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    The EU Landing Obligation: Contingency Planning for Chokes Must Begin Now

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    Council of Ministers meets this week to set 2019 TACs and quotas

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    EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella will present the European Commission's proposals for 2019 fishing opportunities for the Atlantic, North Sea and Black Sea at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 17-18th December in Brussels.

    According to the European Commission, 2019 is a crucial year for European fisheries as the full landing obligation enters into force as of 1st January while the agreed deadline to achieve sustainable fisheries is also close as the Commission is determined to bring commercial fish stocks to healthy levels by 2020, in line with MSY objectives.

    For the Atlantic and the North Sea, the EU Commission has proposed fishing opportunities for 89 stocks. For 62 of these stocks the quota is either increased or remains the same. For 22 stocks it is reduced and for five stocks on which scientists have advised zero catch, the Commission proposes new by-catch quotas at low levels to reduce the fishing pressure.

    The EU Commission states that the proposed TACs aim to keep the fish stocks healthy, while allowing the industry to profit from sustainably. It points out that as the strength of some key fish stocks is increasing, notably for Norway lobster in Skagerrak/Kattegat, northern hake and southern horse mackerel, so is the profitability of the fishing sector, with an estimated €1.4 billion profit for 2018.

    For the Black Sea, the Commission has proposed catch limits for the two most important commercial species, sprat and turbot, shared between Bulgaria and Romania. The proposal is a roll-over from 2018 and is based on the scientific advice from the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). It follows the multiannual management plan for turbot fisheries in the Black Sea, approved in 2017 by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).

    The Commission states that its proposals are both ambitious and fair, balancing everybody's interest.

    ‘We have lived up to our part of responsibility,’ the EU Commission states. ‘It is time for the Member States to do the same so that adequate catch limits can enter into force on 1st January 2019.’

    Source: European Commission

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    Contingency planning for chokes must start now

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    A few hours into the December Council of Minister which will set TACs and quotas for 2019, the NFFO is warning that problems associated with the Landing Obligation are unlikely to be solved by the assembled ministers.

    ‘Despite a four-year phase-in, it seems highly unlikely that the Council of Ministers, which begins today, 17th December, will resolve all the outstanding problems associated with the implementation of the landing obligation,’ an NFFO spokesman said, commenting that although some progress can be expected in the coming three days there is a widespread recognition that the policy is deeply flawed.

    ‘Recognition has built over the phase-in that the landing obligation, adopted as part of the 2013 reform of the CFP, is a deeply flawed piece of legislation. It is also clear that there are there are no easy solutions at hand.’

    According to the NFFO, the problem of choke species has the most far-reaching consequences, while also remaining in conflict with other CFP regulations that either contradict or are inconsistent with the requirements of the landing obligation.

    ‘Despite its design flaws, because the landing obligation is welded into the basic CFP Regulation, there is little prospect that it could be revisited before the next CFP reform in 2023. The realisation that the full implementation of the landing obligation ‘presents serious challenges’ is now widely shared amongst fisheries administrators, enforcement authorities, and throughout the fishing industry and throughout the supply chain,’ the NFFO spokesman states.

    ‘All those concerned with the practical implementation of the policy confront the difficult reality that there is no magic wand and that we are about to enter a period of painful and complex adjustment which carries serious risks to fishing businesses, crews and established fishing patterns. Also under threat, are the scientific models which inform stock assessments. These require accurate data and depend on looking backwards to predict forward. This knowledge provides the basis for the sustainable management of our fish stock and anything that undermines its reliability, undermines our ability to manage our fisheries effectively.’

    Senior figures in fisheries management have described the choke problem as ‘intractable,’ the landing obligation as ‘unenforceable,’ and full compliance with the landing obligation as indivisible from choke risks. The risks are now clearly recognised but solutions are only partially in place.

    Constructive discussions have been held involving government, fishing organisations, processors and retailers. These talks have provided a common understanding of the issues.

    ‘There is a commitment and sense of joint responsibility to work towards a workable version of the landing obligation. The NFFO and others have recently given evidence to a House of Lords enquiry into the issues associated with the implementation of the landing obligation. The Committee’s report is likely to bring the issues into stark relief, and hopefully will point to ways in which discards policies have been successfully implemented in other countries.

    Adjustment

    ‘The magnitude of change represented by the landing obligation would require a period of adjustment, even if the legislators had delivered a coherent and consistent set of rules and prepared the ground properly. The fact that they didn’t, particularly in the failure to provide adequate tools to deal with chokes in mixed fisheries, ensures that the period of adjustment will be more turbulent than would otherwise have been the case’ the NFFO’s spokesman said.

    ‘A great deal is at stake. Unless we move carefully, livelihoods and the progress that we have made in putting our fisheries on a sustainable footing over the last two decades are now jeopardised.’

    The NFFO has called on ministers to begin contingency planning, pointing out that chokes will be difficult to predict with accuracy but tying vessels or fleets to the wall when they have significant quotas left is not a politically, ethically, or socially acceptable option.

    ‘It will also be important to guard against unintended consequences, such as disruptive displacement effects, as individual vessels, or fleets, seek to avoid the consequences of chokes. All this requires contingency planning, with a strong dialogue between the fishing industry, fisheries administrators, control authorities and key players in the supply chain.

    ‘The full implementation of the landing obligation takes place against the background of the UK’s departure from the EU. If a way is found through the current political turmoil to a withdrawal agreement, the EU landing obligation would be part of the CFP rules that would continue to apply during any transition period,’ the NFFO said.

    ‘In those circumstances, the UK’s ideas for mitigating choke risks (outlined in the Fisheries White Paper and legislated for in the Fisheries Bill) would have to wait on the sideline.

    In the case of a no-deal scenario, the UK would become an independent coastal state from 29th March and immediately have more flexibility to vary its approach, although within the context of a legal obligation to co-operate in the management of shared stocks, and against the background of an abrupt rupture with the EU, which would carry its own consequences.

    ‘Having recognised and acknowledged the profound problems generated by the landing obligation, the immediate priority has to be to prepare to intervene to address the consequences of this flawed legislation as they arise.’

    Source: NFFO

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    Netherlands will push for sole quotas

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    Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Carola Schouten. Image: government.nl

    The Netherlands will be pushing at this week’s December Council of Minister for a higher sole quota than that recommended by ICES, which advised a 22% reduction.

    ‘The quota that the Netherlands recommends is still within the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY),’ explained minister responsible for fisheries Carola Schouten. ‘We are seeking a better sole quota, which remains within the margins of the MSY multi-annual plans.’

    She commented that discussion has already taken place with Norway over joint TACs and quotas, and the decisions will be taken during the council this week, with a reduction in the herring TAC to be spread over two years and an expected 33% reduction in cod (excluding the correction for the Landing Obligation), while the plaice TAC is expected to be cut by 13%.

    She said that the European Commission is pushing for tighter measures on eel fishing, little will change for Dutch eel fishermen.

    ‘The proposal is to close professional and recreational eel fishing for three months in all European seas and waters. The Netherlands already used this system in 2018,’ she said.

    The Dutch Parliament’s House of Representatives has also discussed the landing obligation that will take effect from 1st January 2019.

    ‘We have arranged a number of exceptions for the landing obligation. We are committed to more research and measures aimed at improving selectivity. There can be better monitoring of main and by-catch,’ Carola Schouten said.

    ‘It’s an important process to see how the landing obligation will operate in practice.’

    Source: Nederlandse Vissersbond

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    Record whitefish landings as EU fish talks continue

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