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Meeting Held on Mackerel Management, No Agreement Reached

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.

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."

Lucy Towers

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