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News announcement20 December 2018Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

EU and Norway reaches agreement on the fisheries arrangements for 2019

The EU and Norway has signed three fisheries arrangements for 2019 in the framework of the largest fishing agreement in the north of Europe.

Two bilateral arrangements and a neighboring arrangement were signed, following two rounds of negotiations in Bergen (November) and in London (early December). The bilateral arrangements cover the North Sea and the Atlantic, and Skagerrak and Kattegat, whilst the neighbouring arrangement covers the Swedish fishery in Norwegian waters of the North Sea.

The EU and Norway have agreed on quotas for the jointly-managed fish stocks in the North Sea (cod, haddock, plaice, whiting, herring, and saithe) and Skagerrak (cod, haddock, whiting, plaice, shrimp, herring and sprat), as well as exchange of reciprocal fishing possibilities. In the North Sea, for two of the shared stocks, namely saithe and plaice, the jointly agreed total allowable catch (TAC) increased compared to last year. For four other shared stocks (i.e. haddock, whiting, cod, herring), a reduction was necessary to protect the stocks.

The EU and Norway also reached an agreement on quota exchanges. In particular, the EU received over 21,500 tonnes of Arctic cod.

These agreed arrangements will ensure continuation of fishing operations for both Parties in each other's waters from 1 January 2019

For further details, read the Agreed Records.


Publication date
20 December 2018
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries