EU-Norway fisheries agreement benefits Spanish cod fleet
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Artic cod (Photo: Stock File)SPAINWednesday, December 07, 2016,01:40 (GMT + 9)The fisheries agreement signed this
 

Artic cod. (Photo: Stock File)

 

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016, 01:40 (GMT + 9)

 

The fisheries agreement signed this week by the European Union and Norway in Bergen will guarantee an improvement in quotas for the Spanish fleet in 2017, ensures the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment (MAPAMA).

This agreement has great importance for the entire European fleet, and in particular for the cod fleet of Spain, as it allows access to the Norwegian waters for the capture of cod and other accompanying species.

As a result of the negotiations, 23,002 tonnes of Arctic cod were obtained in Norwegian exclusive waters for all EU fleets, which is 15.6 per cent more than in 2016. Of this amount the Spanish cod fleet will be allocated 3,100 tonnes, which implies 418 tonnes more than in 2016.

In addition, the EU obtains 1,200 tonnes of haddock, 2,550 tonnes of saithe, 50 tonnes of Greenland halibut (as by-catch) and 350 tonnes of other species.

For its part, the EU cedes to Norway, among other species, 110,000 tonnes of blue whiting, representing 8.19 per cent of the TAC of this species. This assignment, which underpins the agreement, has been able to increase compared to 2016 thanks to the fact that the TAC for 2017 will increase by 73 per cent so the impact for the Spanish quota will be negligible.

The Spanish Government points out that the good result achieved will enable the cod fleet to complement its activity in the waters of Svalbard, where it already has 13,132 tonnes of cod.

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