The agreement was also welcomed by the National Federation of Fishermen`s Organisation (NFFO) in the United Kingdom, which wishes to define the conditions under which its fisheries relations will be established in the future; Reciprocal fisheries access and fisheries quota exchange agreements are, as is the case today, concluded through annual fisheries agreements. However, other aspects of north sea fisheries cooperation need to be governed by a separate tripartite agreement between the EU, Norway and the UK. Many British activists have called for a fisheries deal between Britain and the European Union, based on the deal the EU has struck with Norway over the past forty years. Each Party shall take into account the nature and volume of the other Party`s fishery in its fishing zone, taking into account usual catches, catch samples and other relevant factors. The framework agreement, which took place on January 1, will govern control measures, licensing and research and will also facilitate the mutual exchange of allowances and access to each other`s waters, the Norwegian government said in a statement. Norway and the United Kingdom today signed a new Framework Agreement for Cooperation in the Fisheries Sector. When setting the fishing quotas referred to in Article 2(1)(b) of the Agreement, the Parties shall aim to achieve a mutually satisfactory balance in their mutual fisheries relations. Subject to conservation requirements, a satisfactory balance for both parties should be based on Norwegian fishing in the Community fishing zone in recent years. The Parties recognise that this objective requires appropriate changes in the Community`s fishing activities in Norwegian waters. The government said the agreement showed the common willingness of Britain and Norway to cooperate as independent coastal states and seek effective and sustainable management of their fisheries.
We believe that the UK will seek greater control of fishing in its own EEZ, a right it has under the Convention on the Law of the Sea and could become higher quotas for certain species. Nevertheless, quotas and access agreements should evolve gradually. . . .