EU-Norway negotiations: Irish fishing industry representatives want a fight with Norway over blue whiting quota to be moved out of the hands of European Union technocrats.

The fight stems from negotiations between the European Union and Norway regarding awards of fishing access to each other’s waters. Irish fishing officials have expressed concern the European Union will push ahead with a trade of blue whiting quota and access to Irish waters in exchange for cod quota that will then be awarded to other E.U. countries.

Irish Fish Producers Organisation CEO Aodh O’Donnell said Ireland’s blue whiting fish stocks are worth over EUR 160 million (USD 170 million) annually.

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