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International cooperation

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Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) are international organisations formed by states set to manage a specific area. Through the RFMOs, States and organisations work together towards the conservation, management and/or development of fisheries. Read more

IUU fishing is a major threat to fisheries conservation. It can lead to a collapse of a fishery, which in turn may cause adverse consequences for the livelihood of people depending on it. Read more

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Norway enters into fisheries agreements with other states on a regular basis. International cooperation for fisheries management is a key towards sustainable utilization in many ways, as for instance towards the termination of illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries (IUU). Read more

Norway has a well-established system of rules and regulations concerning fisheries cooperation with the EU. This is in addition to the Skagerrak Agreement with Sweden and Denmark on fishing operations in the Skagerrak and Kattegat waters. Similarly, Norway has an agreement with Sweden on fishing operations in the Norwegian Exclusive Economic Zone south of 62°N. Read more

Norway and Russia share the stocks of cod, haddock and capelin in the Barents Sea. Close cooperation between the two countries ensures a rational joint management of these fishery resources. Bilateral cooperation in the fisheries sector was first institutionalized in the 1950s in the field of marine research, formalizing collaboration in marine research that already had a 50-year history. Read more

The Centre for Development Cooperation in Fisheries (CDCF) represents the main institutions for fisheries research and management in Norway, i.e. the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and the Directorate of Fisheries (DoF). Read more

The Agreement on bilateral fisheries collaboration between Norway and Greenland was signed in September 1991, and is based on the common understanding of the need to stop illegal, unregulated and unreported fisheries in both states’ exclusive economic zones. Read more

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Every year the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries receives 40 or more applications from foreign research institutions to undertake research cruises. The majority of applicants are coastal states from the North-east Atlantic . Read more

The 1982 Law of the Sea Convention constitutes the global legal framework for all uses of the ocean. Negotiated between 1973 and 1982, the Convention represents a major step forwards in the peaceful and sustainable use of the oceans. Read more