The new Fisheries Framework Agreement, signed by UK Environment Minister George Eustice and Norwegian Fisheries Minister Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, sets out the principles of fisheries cooperation between the two nations after 31 December, when the UK leaves the EU`s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) altogether. Starting in 2021, they will conduct annual negotiations on water and quota access issues. Norway and the United Kingdom today signed a new framework agreement on fisheries cooperation. The UK and Norway have concluded a new fisheries agreement, the first since leaving the European Union. The agreement will enter into force as soon as both sides have completed national procedures for its conclusion, but no earlier than 1 January 2021. “This will ensure a strong and good quality relationship, which will be important in the future if we plan to develop cooperation and negotiate quota agreements in both the bilateral and trilateral contexts.” The agreement fulfills Norway`s obligations under maritime laws to cooperate with other coastal states on common fish stocks, he said. “Such cooperation must be consistent with modern fisheries management principles.” “This is the established model of cooperation between coastal states that have common stocks to ensure that fish stocks are harvested responsibly and sustainably. Annual agreements provide the flexibility to deal with changes in stocks and science, while the framework agreement ensures continuity and a framework for cooperation,” said Barrie Deas, NFFO`s Managing Director. “We will also continue our good cooperation with the EU in the area of fishing in the North Sea.
We look forward to reaching an agreement between Norway, the UK and the EU on how common stocks are managed in the North Sea if Brexit becomes a reality,” added Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide. The UK signs the first fisheries agreement since its withdrawal from the EU and, initially, as an independent coastal state. It allows the parties to agree on catch quotas and reciprocal access to each other`s fishing areas. The agreement will enter into force on January 1, 2021. Negotiations between Britain and the EU have stumbled over fishing, fair competition and dispute settlement. Prop. 37S would be the conclusion of a bilateral agreement signed in London on 30 September. The bilateral agreement is the most important agreement that the Community has reached with a third party, both in terms of the exchange of fishing opportunities and common management measures.