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News announcement11 December 2019Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries1 min read

EU and Faroe Islands agree on fishing arrangements for 2020

On December 10th, the European Union and the Faroe Islands have reached an agreement on reciprocal exchanges of fishing opportunities in each other’s waters for 2020. The new agreement allows for the exchange of a number of important quotas for the European Union, such as cod, haddock, saithe and redfish, with Norway pout and blue whiting for the Faroe Islands. The Parties have also agreed reciprocal access to each other’s waters for mackerel, Atlanto-Scandian herring and blue whiting.

Details of reciprocal arrangements agreed for 2020

Quotas agreed by the parties for 2020 (in tonnes)

For the European Union from the Faroe Islands:

Cod and haddock 885
Saithe 2,600
Redfish 100
Blue ling and ling 1,885
Flatfish 50
Blue whiting 2,500
Other species 700

For the Faroe Islands from the European Union:

Ling and tusk 200
Blue ling 150
Horse mackerel 1,600
Norway pout 5,000
Blue whiting 10,000
Sprat 1,000
Other white fish 150
Herring 250
Northern deep-water prawns 1,200
Greenland halibut 110

The parties have also agreed access to each other’s waters for:

  • 34,856 tonnes of mackerel
  • 37,500 tonnes of blue whiting
  • 7,000 tonnes of Atlanto-Scandian herring


Publication date
11 December 2019
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries