Norway, Russia seal deal on fish quotas amid growing tensions,

The Norwegian-Russian Joint Fishery Commission has agreed that 2023 cod quotas in the Barents- and Norwegian Seas will total 566,784 tons, of which 260,782 tons will be Norway’s share.

“Despite being in an extraordinary situation, it is good that we have reached a fishery agreement with Russia,” said Minister of Fisheries Bjørnar Skjæran in a comment.

This is the second year in a row that cod quotas are slashed by 20%. In 2017, the cod quota was 890,000 tons.

All back to 1976, Norway and Russia’s Joint Fishery Commission has set quotas for Barents Sea fishing. Since 1993, the Commission has included exchange of catch data, inspections and other issues related to compliance control. With the work and agreements in the joint commission, Norway and Russia have managed to keep the Barents Sea as one of the best sustainable fishing areas in the world’s oceans.

“This agreement secures a management of the resources in northern waters that is in line with long-term sustainability, and it secures the world’s largest stock of cod and the other spices in the Barents Sea,” said Minister Skjæran. Läs artikel