EU, Faroes reach 2020 fishing arrangement agreement

Published on
December 12, 2019

Fisheries negotiators for the European Union and the Faroe Islands have reached an agreement on the reciprocal exchanges of catching opportunities in each other’s waters for 2020.

This new agreement allows for the exchange of a number of important quotas for the E.U., such as cod, haddock, saithe, and redfish, with Norway pout and blue whiting for the Faroe Islands. The parties have also agreed to reciprocal access to each other’s waters for mackerel, Atlanto-Scandian herring, and blue whiting.

Specifically, next year’s quotas for the E.U. from the Faroes include 885 metric tons (MT) of cod and haddock, 2,600 MT of saithe, 100 MT of redfish, 1,885 MT of blue ling and ling, 50 MT of flatfish, 2,500 MT of blue whiting, and 700 MT of other species.

In return, the Faroe Islands gets the following quotas from the E.U.: 200 MT of ling and tusk, 150 MT of blue ling, 1,600 MT of horse mackerel, 5,000 MT of Norway pout, 10,000 MT of blue whiting, 1,000 MT of sprat, 150 MT of other whitefish, 250 MT of herring, 1,200 MT of northern deepwater prawns, and 110 MT of Greenland halibut.

The parties have also agreed on access to each other’s waters for 34,856 MT of mackerel, 37,500 MT of blue whiting, and 7,000 MT of Atlanto-Scandian herring.

Photo courtesy of Dimitrios Karamitros/Shutterstock

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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