Trilateral fisheries negotiations conclude

December 10, 2021 by No Comments | Category Fisheries

The trilateral fisheries negotiations between UK, the EU and Norway have concluded with quotas agreed for a number of shared stocks.

The record which was agreed on 10 December 2021 sets out Total Allowable Catch (TAC) positions and management measures for the following North Sea stocks: cod, haddock, saithe, whiting, plaice and herring.

There are increases for haddock, herring and whiting in 2022. A decrease in saithe will present challenges throughout the year for Scottish fishermen in securing quota opportunities. A rollover TAC for cod has been agreed – a sensible yet rightly cautious management decision which represents a sustainable balance between scientific and socio-economic considerations taking into account the best and most up-to-date evidence and data.

The Scottish Government negotiating team has played a full role in getting to this agreement, from scenario-planning and background analysis to deploying subject matter knowledge and expertise during the negotiations.

The value to Scotland of the negotiation is £97.02 million, which is an increase of £9.23 million from last year. The TAC changes are as follows:

  • Whiting +25.0%
  • Plaice: –12.4%
  • Saithe: –24.5%
  • Cod: Rollover
  • Haddock: +5.0%
  • Herring: +20.0%

Negotiations continue in the coming days with bilaterals with EU, Faroe and Norway.

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