Allocation of Fishing Rights in the NEA

Discussion paper

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This discussion paper aims to initiate an informed debate in the Nordic countries and elsewhere on how to allocate the trans-boundary fish stocks in the North East Atlantic in the future and how to resolve possible allocation conflicts. The paper maps the current legal framework and international fisheries agreements in the North East Atlantic Ocean which forms the basis for allocation agreements. It considers the relevance of the biological status of the fish stocks and the economic situation of the coastal states in the area for the allocation of fishing rights and further proposes a dynamic allocation methodology and a decision making process including the handling of allocation conflicts. The paper is compiled by an inter-disciplinary Nordic group of fisheries experts.



The NMTT recommendation on allocation of fishing rights

The recommendation from Nordic Marine Think-Tank builds on the allocation criteria specified in UNFSA Article 11. The NMTT recommendations are intended to be universally applicable across all regulative fora in the NEA and to pelagic as well as demersal fisheries. The allocation criteria apply to coastal states and to states that because of changes in the distribution effectively become coastal states, i.e. fish occur in its EEZ. The allocation criteria are (with reference to UNFSA)


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