Trilateral fisheries negotiations conclude
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.