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THE UK has banned Norwegian and Faroese vessels from fishing its territorial waters until a new agreement can be made with regional fisheries organisations.

PUBLISHED: 11:57, Sat, Jan 2, 2021 | UPDATED: 11:57, Sat, Jan 2, 2021

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The UK's Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has confirmed negotiations will need to end before Norwegian and Faroese vessels will be able to fish UK waters. Likewise, an agreement will need to be made with the regional fisheries management organistations of these territories in order for British fishermen to access the territorial waters of Norway and the Faroe Islands. On New Year's Eve, the UK's fishing administrations issued new licences for UK vessels that allowed them access to fish in all UK waters.

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UK fisheries minister Victoria Prentis said: "For the first time in 40 years we enter into annual fisheries negotiations as an independent coastal state.

"As a responsible independent coastal state, we are taking measures to ensure that we fish sustainably.

"We want to ensure our fishermen can continue to operate smoothly while those annual negotiations take place."

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Tensions had risen in the lead-up to the Brexit deal breakthrough on Christmas Eve, with fishing industries inside and outside of the EU hinging on the decision.

The UK will negotiate with Norway and Faroes over fishing rights in eachothers territorial watersThe UK will negotiate with Norway and Faroes over fishing rights in eachothers territorial waters (Image: GETTY)

The UK will negotiate with Norway and Faroes over fishing rights in eachothers territorial watersThe UK will negotiate with Norway and Faroes over fishing rights in eachothers territorial waters (Image: GETTY)

Norway's fisheries minister Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen previously told the Norwegian Parliament: “If we do not get a deal by January 1, we will not open Norway’s economic fishing zones to vessels from the EU and Britain.

“Neither can we expect Norwegian vessels to get access to their zones before a deal is in place?

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