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Commissioner Damanaki hosts Ministerial meeting on mackerel management

Press release - 3/9/2012

Commissioner Maria Damanaki hosted a quadrilateral Ministerial meeting on mackerel management in London, with the participation of Ms Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Mr Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture and Mr Jacob Vestergaard, Minister of Fisheries of the Faroe Islands.

Joint Conclusions by European Union, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway:

1) The discussions on a quota sharing agreement were inconclusive. The respective positions remain too far apart.

2) All parties agree that the effort to find an agreement should continue in the autumn coastal state consultations process.

3) All parties agree on the need to respect scientific advice.

Joint statement by European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki and Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen: "We are extremely disappointed at the inconclusive outcome of today's Ministerial meeting on mackerel management.  We will continue working closely together on this key issue, by all necessary means."