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Norway/EU Agreement for Mackerel Management

NORWAY and EU - Norway and the EU in line with previous agreements between the parties have signed a bilateral agreement on the management of mackerel for 2012.

Although Norway and the EU tried, they were unable to meet the demands of the Faroe Islands and Iceland in the recent mackerel stock talks to find a common coastal state solution.

Norway and the EU have therefore once again entered into a bilateral agreement.

This allows a quota of 181,085 tonnes of mackerel in Norway and 396,468 tonnes of mackerel to the EU.

The quotas are based on a joint management plan in accordance with the advice of the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the traditional distribution formula for mackerel quota between Norway and the EU.

"I am pleased this agreement with the EU. The situation in mind, this is a good solution for Norwegian fisheries. However, we will continue to work diligently to find a permanent coastal state agreement for the management of mackerel for the years ahead," said Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Lisbeth Berg-Hansen.

Lucy Towers

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