That is not acceptable in the EU! German fishermen face chaos as a result of Brexit, risking a spat with Norway.
BREXIT has set Germany on a collision path with Norway, with Norwegian fishermen preparing to boost their quotas as a result of the UK’s exit.
And the German fishing industry has labeled Norway as “self-serving” while pleading with Brussels to intercede, with one expert stating, “You cannot allow this.” As a result of the UK’s exit, Oslo has unilaterally lowered the EU’s cod fishing quota and plans to do the same with mackerel, a move estimated to be worth an extra £100 million by Norway’s Fiskeribladet website.
Concerns about the impact of their actions were expressed in a statement released by the German Fisheries Association yesterday.
“Because the fish stock to be distributed is not expanding, someone has to pay the price for the Norwegians’ self-serving behavior,” it cautioned.
“It’s impossible for the EU to accept that.”
“Because overall catches do not increase in the context of sustainable management, this will result in a permanent loss of the EU’s fishing opportunities,” the statement said.
The GFA anticipates an escalation by the end of August, “because EU fishermen from Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, and Poland will have exhausted the quota that Norway still wishes to offer them,” according to the GFA.
“There is a risk of permanent loss of fishing rights with a total worth of several hundred million euros per year if the EU does not defend the lawful rights of EU residents in this situation,” it added.
Ships from all five EU countries indicated above could be restricted from entering Norwegian seas.
Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, Norway’s Fisheries Minister, warned last year: “If we don’t have a deal by January 1, we won’t open Norway’s economic fishing zones to vessels from the EU and the UK.”
“We can’t expect Norwegian ships to gain access to their (the EU’s and Britain’s) zones until a deal is reached.”
A ban like this hasn’t happened yet, but it’s still a possibility.
The German fishing sector employs 40,000 people and annually lands more than 1.2 million metric tons of fish.
Chancellor Angela Merkel represents Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the Bundestag, one of Germany’s most fishing-dependent areas.
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