The UK, Norway and the EU have reached an agreement on catch levels for six North Sea species The UK, Norway and the EU have reached an agreement on catch levels for six North Sea species

The UK has reached a tripartite agreement with Norway and the European Union on catch limits in 2021 for six jointly-managed fish stocks in the North Sea.

The agreement promotes the sustainable management of cod, haddock, plaice, whiting, herring, and saithe stocks in the North Sea and is the first time the UK has participated in the talks as an independent coastal state.

The UK is still negotiating separately with the EU, the Faroe Islands and Norway to agree bilateral deals. “I am pleased that the agreement with the EU and the UK is finally in place,” said Norway’s Minister of Fisheries and Seafood, Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen. “This is the first quota agreement between the three parties for the North Sea, and a prerequisite for sustainable management,” he added.

Of the stocks jointly-managed with the EU and Norway, five out of six have been set in line with or lower than the catch level advised by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. This results in catch reductions for North Sea cod, plaice, saithe and herring but increases in haddock and whiting. Overall the catch levels are worth more than £184 million to the UK fishing industry.

“For the first time in decades we have concluded our first trilateral negotiations with the EU and Norway as an independent coastal state,” said UK Government Minister for Scotland, David Duguid. “We remain committed to supporting the industry and being a champion for our coastal communities on the world stage,” he added.

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