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    Confusion as Norway-EU talks break down



    THE Norwegian fishing industry appears to be all at sea following the breakdown of talks with the European Union over a swap fisheries agreement for 2014.

    The talks had been postponed in the hope of a mackerel deal with the Faroes and Iceland, but that has once again ended in failure.

    The reason appears to be differences within the Norwegian fishing industry itself, a normally united body.

    The Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Federation, concerned at the lack of quota agreements for various species, has asked for a meeting with its Fisheries Minister Elisabeth Aspaker. It prevents them from fishing in EU waters, especially for saithe.

    Meanwhile, Danish fishermen who work in Norwegian waters are angry at the lack of a swap arrangement, while British fishermen have also expressed concern.

    The NFFO in Britain said the bilateral talks have become the latest casualty in the bitter and prolonged dispute about the terms under which Iceland and Faroes should be allowed to fish for mackerel.

    Although there is now reportedly only a very small gap between the coastal state parties on quota shares (something less than one per cent separates them), Norwegian insistence on a block on Icelandic access to Faroese waters has provided a substantial 11th hour obstacle in the Coastal States negotiations.

    The NFFO has described the talks as complex and interlinked with the blockage having knock-on effects for the EU-Norway agreement in setting catch rates, agreeing shares and access arrangements for blue whiting, atlanto-scandian herring, and ultimately for North Sea whitefish shared stocks and north-east Arctic cod – all fisheries in which the UK has a major interest.

    The probable outcomes are likely to include:

    1. North Sea cod TAC (total allowable catch) rollover from 2013 level, with a further request to ICES to evaluate whether a 10 per cent increase in the TAC is precautionary which if positive could lead to a mid-year increase.

    The UK and Denmark are pressing very hard for an increase on the basis that it would reduce discards of mature cod and is consistent with meeting MSY target by 2015 but there is a strong suspicion that resistance comes from Commissioner Damanaki for misplaced media/presentational reasons.

    2. North Sea haddock minus 15% in line with the agreed management plan. The UK is pressing for this to be mitigated by transfers from Norway which would be paid for in the balance and for inter annual flexibility and some west to east flexibility

    3. Whiting minus 15% in line with the agreed management plan, possibly mitigated by transfers.

    4. Saithe minus 15% in line with the management plan.

    5. Plaice plus 15% in line with the management plan.

    6. North Sea herring minus 2% with a new management plan from 2016.


    A statement issued by the NNFO warned that ‘We are in uncharted waters... we can only hope for an early resumption of the talks with a keener understanding amongst the parties of the widespread damage for many fishermen for as long as there is no reciprocal agreement.’

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    ON February 26 a meeting will be held in Brussels to bring together Europe's fishermen with policy makers and scientists in a bid to address how they can collectively collate the information necessary to make the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) work in practice.

    Despite historical tensions between their sectors, it is hoped that some common ground can be established at a time when the CFP is moving away from centralised fisheries management, towards a more devolved approach, in which Member States work with regional stakeholders to decide upon the details.

    Specifically, participants are hoping to establish the practicalities of:
    •How fishermen and scientists can best work together, on land and at sea, to gather and share the information needed for this new type of management.
    •How policy makers can both support and make best use of this collaborative approach.

    In order for regionalisation to be successful, it is recognised that steps must be outlined for the organisation and application of the required knowledge base. So industry, scientists and policy makers are working together to explore strategies for knowledge sharing and development, to forge progress for a successful regionalisation.

    It is hoped that the day will produce a degree of consensus about the next steps that need to be taken.

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    ICES takes stock of mackerel population



    THE INTERNATIONAL Council for the Exploration of the Seas is expected to make a new assessment this week on the state of mackerel stocks in the North East Atlantic.

    The Norwegian Fishing Vessel owners Federation reports that this summer's ecosystem surveys show an historic high population estimate that is widespread across the fishing region.

    It says researchers estimate the population to currently total around 8.8 million tonnes compared to 5.1 million tonnes from a corresponding survey in 2012.

    However, the Federation points out that the estimate is based on the pelagic trawling method, which is not yet approved by ICES.

    The figures could have a strong bearing on the mackerel dispute between the EU and Norway and Iceland and the Faroe Islands, which broke up ten days ago without agreement and once again delayed a general quota swap deal between Norway and the EU, creating concern among a number of northern fishing nations.

    The mackerel talks are set to resume shortly and it is reported that the gap between the two sides has narrowed, giving rise to hopes of a deal at long last.

    The federation quotes oceanographer Leif Nottestad as saying: ‘The overall goal is to get this method accepted and use it for flow measurement of the spawning stock and possibly as a recruitment index for mackerel each year.’

    In October ICES suggested that the total allowable catch (TAC) for mackerel in the North East Atlantic this year should be a figure of 890,000 tonnes.

    ​In previous years, ICES advice on mackerel has been based on the management plan agreed by Norway, Faroe Islands, and European Union (EU). This time, however, ICES said it was unable to give advice in relation to the plan as there was no accepted analytical assessment for mackerel.

    ACOM Vice-Chairman John Simmonds said: ‘ICES is trying to produce useful advice while still being precautionary. All indications are that the mackerel stock has increased in recent years despite catches in excess of those advised by ICES.

    ‘There are technical issues with the input data for the assessment used until 2012 and continuing to use it would imply catch advice markedly lower than current catches.’

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    Mackerel dispute coming to Scotland



    EDINBURGH could today be named as the new location for the latest round of talks to try to solve the mackerel dispute.

    The Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Federation seems to be in no doubt and has shown a picture of Scottish pipers marching through the city centre on its website to graphically illustrate the fact.

    If so, the Scottish capital will hope to succeed where London, Dublin, Reykjavik, Oslo and Bergen have all failed in the past three years.

    Edinburgh is also being tipped to host separate negotiations to try to establish a fish quota swap deal between the European Union countries and Norway. They too collapsed a couple of weeks ago on the back of the mackerel debacle.

    The talks are due to begin on Monday 3 March with the first two days devoted to trying to settle the long running row with Iceland and the Faroe islands who have been accused to giving themselves large and unsustainable mackerel quotas.

    It is perhaps fitting that Edinburgh is being flagged up as Scottish fishermen have been among the strongest critics of both Iceland and Faroes accusing them of putting the North East Atlantic fishery at serious risk.

    Wednesday 5 March has been set aside for the Norway and EU talks, which are far less contentious. However, until agreement is reached the two sides cannot fish in each other's waters, which has upset Danish fishermen who say they are losing a lot of money over the failure.

    As reported by Fishupdate yesterday ICES is due to deliver an upbeat assessment on the state of North East Atlantic mackerel stocks and is expected to recommend a total quota of 889,000 tons.

    The arguments next week will be how this quota is to be shared out among the various nations who fish for mackerel. It is thought the gap between the various sides has narrowed considerably, at last giving rise to hope that a deal is around the corner.

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    Irish test discard realities

    IRISH fishermen are being offered the chance to partake in trials, organised by BIM, which aim to reduce discards and explore the practical implications of the reformed CAP.

    A key element of the CAP is the progressive elimination of discards in all EU fisheries through the introduction of landings obligations. This will be phased in, fishery by fishery, starting with pelagic stocks on 01 January 2015 and followed by defined demersal stocks on 01 January 2016. It is hoped that the trials will allow Irish fishermen the chance to prepare for the changes in legislation.

    Fishing vessel owners have until March 12 to apply to take part in any of the following trials:
    • Seltra sorting box: in the nephrops fishery in the Smalls, which will take place during March.
    • Quad-rig vs twin-rig trawl: in the nephrops fishery at the Smalls, which will take place during April.
    • Cod-end selectivity: for nephrops in the Irish Sea and the Smalls, which will take place in June/ July.
    • Cod-end selectivity: for mixed whitefish in the Celtic Sea, which will take place in August/ September.

    To apply, or for further information, call 01 2144 148, email inshore@bim.ie or contact your local BIM officer.

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    Have your say on south coast quota

    THE Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is holding meetings along England's south coast in March to give local fishermen in the under-10 metre sector a chance to have their say about quota issues.

    The organisation is encouraging fishermen to attend the meetings, which are scheduled as follows:
    •Monday 10 March 2014: The Cheshire Room, Kings Centre, 27 Edison Road, Eastbourne, BN23 6PT; 9am – 4pm.
    •Tuesday 11 March 2014: MMO Portsmouth Office, Wingfield House, 316 Commercial Road, PO1 4TF; 9am – 4pm.
    •Wednesday 12 March 2014: MMO Poole Office, The Quay, BH15 1HP; 8.30am – 1pm.

    One hour slots can be reserved by calling the MMO Hastings Office on 01424 424109. Each one hour slot is limited to a maximum of five people.

    Anyone unable to attend can still have their comments heard by contacting the MMO Fisheries Management Team via email catchlimits@marinemanagement.org.uk or by calling 0300 123 1032.

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    Days at Sea

    We are responsible for managing the Days at Sea Scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to manage fishing effort allowing us to meet our obligations under the long term cod and sole recovery plans toward improving the sustainability of cod and sole stocks.


    How to inspect your fishing gear and make sure your time at sea is not counted against your effort

    Skippers or owners are required to notify their local coastal office if they intend to go to sea to inspect their fishing gear.

    On electronic logbooks, these trips should be coded with a departure message of ‘Other’ (OTH), with a comment stating that you are going to inspect your fishing gear. This will allow the MMO to make vessel monitoring system data with gear inspections consistent with one another.

    No landings must be made during these trips. This will ensure that we do not include these trips in effort uptake calculations.


    Cod Recovery Zone

    The current cod scheme began on 1 February 2013 and ends 31 January 2014. The rules apply in sea areas IV, VII and VI.

    The rules, application forms and specifications for the 2014/15 management year, which is from 1 February 2014 to 31 January 2015, were published on 18 December 2013. More information

    Sole Recovery Zone

    The current sole scheme began on 1 February 2013 and ends 31 January 2014. The rules apply in Area VIIe.

    The rules and application form for the 2014/15 management year, which is from 1 February 2014 to 31 January 2015, were published on 16 January 2014. More information

    Western Waters regime

    The Western Waters effort regime applies to UK fishing vessels over 15 metres in length fishing in waters to the west of Scotland, Wales, England including the Channel and south west towards France and Spain (ICES Areas VI, VII and VIII).

    It has become necessary to establish management measures on activity by UK vessels fishing for scallops and crabs in ICES Area VII. More information

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    Danish fishermen demand action after negotiations break down

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    Both the Danish Government, the EU must now put firmly against Norway, which provoked the collapse of negotiations on fisheries in the North Sea and Skagerrak

    Danish Fishermen are now demanding cash and expeditious action by the Danish Government and the European Union to Norway to rescue the Danish fishing in the North Sea and Skagerrak. Danish fishermen are still prevented from fishing in Norwegian waters of the North Sea and Skagerrak, because Norway Saturday provoked the collapse of the quota negotiations between particular Norway and the EU.

    The parties have negotiated in Edinburgh in Scotland since Thursday, and late in the night, the EU and Norway reached agreement on quotas and fishing in the North Sea and Skagerrak, when Norway suddenly told the EU that it would only sign when you also had an agreement mackerel quotas in the North Atlantic. This led the negotiations to collapse Saturday after noon.

    - It is a scandal that Norway suddenly pulls back the negotiations on mackerel quotas in the negotiations on the North Sea and Skagerrak, says the chairman of the Danish Fishermen, Svend-Erik Andersen.

    Stop import from Norway

    Danish Fishermen demands on the basis that the Danish Government and the European Commission and Council of Ministers of the EU immediately introduce a ban on imports of Norwegian fish and Norwegian fish products to the EU. There will also be a requirement for increased quotas in EU waters, corresponding to the loss of rights under the joint management of Norway, as well as a claim for compensation for the loss of fishing in the first two months.

    - There must be sent a clear signal to Norway that we do not consider ourselves to be treated at the outrageous fashion, says Svend-Erik Andersen.

    Losing market share

    While EU fishermen since the turn has been excluded from fishing in Norwegian waters - where one in January and February typically catch cod - Norway has turned violently for exporting especially fresh cod to the European market. Norway Sjømatråd has just released figures showing that the export value of fresh cod to the EU almost doubled in January and February 2014 compared with 2013.

    - Norway has an almost uopfiskelig quota in the Barents Sea as they tumble out of the European market. This pushes the price down, and it destroys the sale of eg Danish cod catches to both Danish and European customers. We lose in Denmark not only turnover of the catch, but we also lose market share in the lucrative European market for fresh fish, and it will take months or even years before we can capture market share back, says Svend-Erik Andersen.

    Request in parliament

    On Tuesday - 11 February - there must be a parliamentary debate in which food minister Dan Jørgensen to explain the government's actions in relation to the now-failed negotiations, but also give his views on how the future can avoid the fishery without quotas over two months into a new year.

    - It is totally crazy when political agree that the industry must do without fishing opportunities for several months, says Svend-Erik Andersen.

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