The Norwegian government and Fiskebat – The Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association – have acknowledged the concerns raised by Greenpeace regarding the expansion of fishing in the far north of the Barents Sea.
Taking swift action with high levels of cooperation
Because the waters in this part of the world are tightly regulated with a well-established science, policy and control regime we are taking swift action with high levels of cooperation to address the concerns that we all share about this precious area of ocean.
Barents Sea fishermen must adhere to a thorough electronic control regime
In Norway, the Minister of Fisheries is responsible for fisheries policy, regulations and quotas. The Directorate of Fisheries develops technical regulations, gear restrictions and conducts day-to-day monitoring. Regulation is all conducted on the basis of world-leading scientific advice from the Institute of Marine Research, which is collaborated internationally through the intergovernmental marine science organization, ICES. To ensure that all rules are obeyed, Barents Sea fishermen must adhere to a thorough electronic control regime, both at sea and at the dockside by the Directorate of Fisheries, the Norwegian Coast Guard and the fishermen’s sales organizations.
Norwegians treat fishing incredibly seriously
After oil and gas, fishing is the next biggest part of Norway’s economy, so the Norwegians treat fishing incredibly seriously. But, it goes far deeper than money. Fishing is part of the Norwegian way of life, they are committed to looking after the oceans for generations to come as generations before them have done. Not just managing stocks but maintaining the unspoiled and pristine seas – which they value as a huge factor in the high quality and taste of their prized seafood. To do this the Norwegians have an innovative system of traceability, regulation, inspection and quotas which is regarded as the best in the world, endorsed by the Marine Stewardship Council and the United Nations.