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EU Quota Talks Go On

EU - The second round of the EU/Norway talks to discuss joint management issues and quota allocations for 2009 has not managed to cover all the ground necessary and will now go to a third round in Oslo, which will start on 8 December.

One hurdle has been the complexity of the negotiations in reaching an agreement on discards, with Norway already having in a place a system that does not fit with current EU legislation.

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, said: “Much progress seems to have been made and there is willingness on both sides to reach agreement, but the process is complicated and this has led to the decision to go for a third round of talks.”

The complexity of resolving the discards issue has meant that the decision on final quota allocations for shared stocks has also been deferred to the third round.

the Fish Site Editor

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