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Meeting Held on Mackerel Management, No Agreement Reached

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EU, ICELAND and NORWAY - EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki hosted a quadrilateral Ministerial meeting on mackerel management in London, with the participation of Ms Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Mr Steingrmur J. Sigfsson, Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture and Mr Jacob Vestergaard, Minister of Fisheries of the Faroe Islands.

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The joint conclusions reached by European Union, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway are as follows:

  • The discussions on a quota sharing agreement were inconclusive. The respective positions remain too far apart.
  • All parties agree that the effort to find an agreement should continue in the autumn coastal state consultations process.
  • All parties agree on the need to respect scientific advice.

In a joint statement, Maria Damanaki and Lisbeth Berg-Hansen said: "We are extremely disappointed at the inconclusive outcome of today's Ministerial meeting on mackerel management. We will continue working closely together on this key issue, by all necessary means."