Norwegian and Russian fishermen get 20% reduction in Barents cod quotas – Eye on the Arctic
But the level of quotas is still at a historically high level, negotiators said after the agreement was signed by Norwegian and Russian fisheries authorities.
The Norwegian-Russian Joint Fisheries Commission has decided that cod quotas in 2022 in the Barents Sea will total 708,480 tonnes, of which 321,605 will be Norway’s share.
“Today’s agreement with Russia provides the Norwegian and Russian fishing industry with good conditions for sustainable and profitable fishing in 2022,” Norwegian Fisheries Minister Bjørnar Skjæran said in a statement. comment.
New cod quotas are down to 20 percent compared to 2021. But they are still at a historically high level.
The 2021 quotas were about 20 percent higher than in 2020 and 2019.
The Barents Sea is one of the richest waters in the world for Atlantic cod.
“Norway and Russia agree that we need to manage the waters of the High North in a way that is both long-term and sustainable in order to take care of the world’s largest cod stocks as well as other species in the Barents Sea. “said Skjæran. highlighted.
The deal includes haddock and capelin
According to the minister, who was appointed to the post this week as part of the new Norwegian government, the most important stocks in the Barents Sea are in decline.
“But thanks to the many years of cooperation between the two countries, a biologically sustainable agreement has been reached.”
The agreement also includes haddock quotas of 178,532 tonnes, as well as a quota of 70,000 tonnes on capelin.
This is the first time since 2018 that the two countries have agreed to open up to the capture of capelin.
At their meeting this week, the two sides also discussed the EU’s criticisms of the management of Russian-Norwegian fish stocks in the Barents Sea.
This criticism is rejected by a United Fisheries Commission.
Norway and Russia have successfully managed the cod stocks, which serves the interests not only of Norwegian and Russian catching vessels, but also of third-party vessels, underlines a protocol of the meeting.
This includes trawlers from a number of EU member states, both sides stress.
Catch quotas in the Barents Sea have been set since 1977 by the Norwegian-Russian Joint Fisheries Commission.
Since 1993 the Commission has included an exchange of catch data, inspections and other matters related to compliance monitoring.
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