“The agreement fulfills our obligations under the law of the sea to cooperate with other coastal states on common fish stocks. This cooperation must be consistent with modern fisheries management principles. We will also continue our good cooperation with the EU in the area of fishing in the North Sea. We look forward to reaching an agreement between Norway, the UK and the EU on how common North Sea stocks will be managed when Brexit becomes a reality,” said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Seride. It is the established model of cooperation between coastal states that have common stocks to ensure that fish stocks are harvested responsibly and sustainably. Annual agreements provide the flexibility to deal with changes in stocks and science, while the framework agreement ensures continuity and a framework for cooperation,” said Barrie Deas, NFFO`s Managing Director. The UK government said the agreement showed the common willingness of the UK and Norway to cooperate as independent coastal states and seek effective and sustainable management of their fisheries. The new agreement between Norway and the United Kingdom facilitates fisheries cooperation in the areas of control, licensing and research. In addition, it gives the parties the opportunity to agree on reciprocal access to the other party`s fishing grounds and on the exchange of fishing opportunities. The agreement will enter into force as soon as both sides have completed national procedures, but no earlier than 1 January 2021.
“It`s a great day! I am pleased that we have reached an agreement with the United Kingdom, which will be an important coastal state and partner from January 2021. This agreement allows for good and solid cooperation in the field of fisheries for the future. The best way to manage common fish stocks is for coastal states to agree on how to proceed. Regarding the adoption of the Fisheries Framework Agreement, Fisheries and Seafood Minister Emil Ingebrigtsen said: “I am pleased that we have reached an agreement that opens up broad fisheries cooperation with an important partner for Norway. This will ensure that a strong and good quality relationship is maintained, which will be important in the future if we aim to develop cooperation and negotiate quota agreements in both the bilateral and trilateral contexts. ” – This agreement will allow good and solid cooperation in the field of fisheries for the future. According to Norway`s Minister of Fisheries and Seafood, the best way to manage common fish stocks is for coastal states to agree on how to do so. The Community has three fisheries agreements with Norway, namely the bilateral, trilateral and neighbouring agreements. The bilateral agreement covers the North Sea and the Atlantic, the Skagerrak and Kattegat trilateral agreement (Denmark, Sweden and Norway) and the Neighbourhood Agreement on Swedish fishing in Norwegian North Sea waters. The UK and Norway have concluded a new fisheries agreement, the first since leaving the European Union. I am pleased that we now have an agreement that provides a framework for comprehensive fisheries cooperation with the United Kingdom, which is an important country for Norway.
The agreement is in line with our obligations under the law of the sea to cooperate with other coastal states in the common management of fisheries resources, in accordance with modern sustainable management systems, an ecosystem approach and the precautionary principle. We will also maintain our close cooperation with the EU in the area of North Sea fishing.