The aim of the parallel audit will be to report on the efficiency and effectiveness of the national implementation of Norwegian-Russian bilateral agreements on the management of common fish resources.
Independent audits will be performed in each country, but there will be a set of common audit questions and common first-order audit criteria. The two audit institutions aim to submit the audit at the same time.
Themes for the audit include:
- The extent of illegal fishing, including discrepancies between officially registered catches and actual catches
- The effectiveness of monitoring and controlling fishing activities at sea and landings, including transhipment of fish at sea and landing of catches in 3rd party countries
- The effectiveness of monitoring cross-border trade to ensure due payment of customs duties
- Sanction possibilities, and the extent to which the sanctions are imposed
Jørgen Kosmo, the Auditor General of Norway, says that the agreement is of significance for reaching a common Norwegian-Russian understanding of both the current management of the fish resources in this important area and the associated problems. It is particularly important, he adds, to map the extent of illegal activities. Mr. Kosmo views the fact that an agreement has been made on the main themes of the audit and how the audit will be carried out, as an important step towards a more effective management regime in the Barents Sea.