Norway and the Faroe Islands have reached a mutual access agreement for fishing for mackerel in each other’s zones.
The Faroese fleet can catch up to 83,524 tonnes in Norwegian waters, equivalent to 50% of the Faroe Islands’ mackerel quota. Norwegian vessels are able to fish up to 83,524 tonnes of the Norwegian mackerel quota in waters under Faroese jurisdiction.
‘I am pleased that Norway and the Faroe Islands are continuing the agreement on mutual access to fisheries in each other’s zones,’ said Norway’s Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd-Emil Ingebrigtsen.
The figure for the Faroe Islands represents an increase, as in previous years they have been able to take 35% of their quota in Norwegian waters.
A key development is the Faroese decision to relax elements of the requirement for Faroese vessels to land all their mackerel at home.
‘I am particularly pleased that the Faroe Islands are now abolishing the obligation to land mackerel caught in Norwegian waters to companies in the Faroe Islands,’ Odd-Emil Ingebrigtsen said.
‘Faroese vessels will once again be able to land mackerel catches to Norwegian producers.’