Brussels, 12 March 2014
European Union and Norway reach agreement on bilateral fisheries arrangements for 2014
A new arrangement on the management of shared fish stocks in the North Sea was concluded today in London between the European Union and Norway for 2014. Total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas for the shared stocks in the North Sea were established and an agreement was also reached on the exchange of reciprocal fishing possibilities in each other's waters.
This arrangement involves an increase of 5% in the TAC for North Sea cod and 15% for North Sea plaice compared to 2013. However, the TACs for North Sea haddock, saithe and whiting have been reduced by 15% with the herring TAC in the same area being reduced by 2%.
Following the arrangement on mackerel among the three Coastal States (EU, Faroe Islands and Norway), which was also signed in London today, the EU quota for mackerel in 2014 amounts to 611,205 tonnes.
Commissioner Maria Damanaki said: “I very much welcome this agreement, which will allow fishermen from both the European Union and Norway to have valuable access to fish stocks. This agreement very much strengthens the mutual relationship in fisheries between the European Union and Norway.”
TACs and quotas for the main joint stocks for the EU in 2013 and 2014 (in tonnes)