But the British government wants an agreement in which access to fisheries and quotas are negotiated every year, and this was a topic for the EU negotiating team led by Michel Barnier. The competent authorities of each of the contracting parties provide the name, registration number and other relevant information provided by the fishing vessels authorized to fish in the territory of the other party`s fishing jurisdiction in a timely manner. The second part then grants licences in a manner that corresponds to the fishing opportunities provided for in Article 2, paragraph 1, point b). The EU and Norway have also agreed to reverse last year`s quota trading agreement. In particular, the EU received more than 21,518 tonnes of Arctic cod. «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. The agreement demonstrates the common will of the United Kingdom and Norway to cooperate as independent coastal states and to seek effective and sustainable management of their fisheries. The treaty contains the same principles that the UK is currently seeking with the EU – a framework agreement that reflects the international rights of the UK and Norway.
The Community has three fisheries agreements with Norway, namely the bilateral, trilateral and neighbouring agreements. The bilateral agreement covers the North Sea and the Atlantic, the Skagerrak and Kattegat trilateral agreement (Denmark, Sweden and Norway) and the Neighbourhood Agreement on Swedish fishing in Norwegian North Sea waters. I am pleased that we now have an agreement that provides a framework for comprehensive fisheries cooperation with the United Kingdom, which is an important country for Norway. The agreement is in line with our obligations under the law of the sea to cooperate with other coastal states in the common management of fisheries resources, in accordance with modern sustainable management systems, an ecosystem approach and the precautionary principle.