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Coastal states set 2019 Norwegian spring spawning herring, blue whiting quotas

NSS herring will see a 35% hike on last year.

Norway and the other coastal states agreed Wednesday to a 35 percent increase in the Norwegian spring spawning herring quota for 2019, however they are yet to agree on how it will be divided between them.

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The total allowable catch (TAC) for herring next year will be 588,562 metric tons, in line with ICES advice, and a significant increase from last year's total quota of 435,000 metric tons.

However, the countries have failed to agree on how much of the total quota each country should have, according to Norway's Minister of Fisheries Harald Tom Nesvik.

"I am disappointed that Norway, the EU, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Russia have not been able to agree on the allocation of interests on the parties," said Nesvik.

Agreement on blue whiting

An agreement has also been signed for the management of blue whiting for 2019 between coastal states Norway, the EU, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

The agreement entails a total quota for next year of just more than 1.14 million metric tons, a small reduction from this year, when the TAC was set at 1.4 million metric tons.

Similarly, no agreement has been reached on how much quota each country will receive.

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