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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Norway-UK Negotiations Conclude

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Increased monkfish quota important for Scotland’s fishers.

Scotland’s fishers will benefit from increased opportunities to access monkfish and other key demersal stocks, following the successful conclusion of UK-Norway Bilateral negotiations.

Agreement on access and quota exchanges of fish stocks for 2023 have been signed, with the key measures for Scotland’s fishers including:

  • an exchange of quotas, which will increase Scotland’s opportunities to catch key demersal stocks including monkfish
  • reciprocal access for demersal stocks, which will allow Scottish fishers to fish their quota in Norwegian waters, giving them access to high market value stocks throughout the year
  • agreement on pelagic access, which will enable Scottish vessels to fish Atlanto-Scandian herring in Norwegian waters

Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said:

“This is a good outcome for Scotland’s fishers, which builds on the successful arrangements for 2022.

“Norway is one of our closest coastal partners and we share a number of fish stocks in the North Sea.

“I am pleased that a deal has been reached that will deliver benefits for both nations.

“In particular, we have secured an increased inward transfer of monkfish.

“With the scientific advice for 2023 requiring a cut in overall monkfish quotas, this will play an important role in ensuring Scottish fishers can maintain access to this key stock.”

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