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‘Irresponsible’ mackerel quotas unite Norway and Scotland. The ongoing “Mackerel War” between the Faroese, Iceland, and the Scots took a new turn this week, after Norway and Scotland joined forces. Scottish fisherman recently stopped the crew of a Faroese vessel from landing their mackerel catch in Peterhead harbor, forcing the vessel to return to the islands. Excessive The Faroe Islands have set their annual mackerel quota to 85,000 tons for this year, 15 percent of the globally recommended total allowable catch.

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‘Irresponsible’ mackerel quotas unite Norway and Scotland

Published on Friday, 20th August, 2010 at 13:16 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .

The ongoing “Mackerel War” between the Faroese, Iceland, and the Scots took a new turn this week, after Norway and Scotland joined forces.

Mackerel
Mackerel
Photo: Ed Bierman/Wikimedia Commons


Scottish fisherman recently stopped the crew of a Faroese vessel from landing their mackerel catch in Peterhead harbor, forcing the vessel to return to the islands.

Excessive

The Faroe Islands have set their annual mackerel quota to 85,000 tons for this year, 15 percent of the globally recommended total allowable catch.

This is far in excess of their four percent share, according to the Scottish Government, and follows Iceland’s recent decision to award itself a quota of 130,000 tonnes.

The “irresponsible” decision to award unilateral excessive mackerel fishing quotas was one of the matters First Minister Alex Salmond took up with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre under Wednesday’s Oslo meeting between the two.

"Scotland and Norway share many fisheries interests, a number of North Sea stocks are jointly managed and shared through the annual EU/Norway fisheries bi-laterals. And we are in complete agreement that the Governments of the Faroe Islands and Iceland have acted irresponsibly and are threatening global mackerel stocks by awarding such excessive quotas,” said Mr Salmond.

Concerned

He argued mackerel is now one of the most sustainable fisheries because of considerable conservation efforts by EU member states and Norway.

This week’s blockade was the second since the Icelandic and Faroese fish fight began last month.

Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen accused the two countries of putting these in jeopardy.

“The irresponsible fishing for mackerel which Iceland and the Faroe Islands have initiated as an attempt to secure future quota shares is a serious threat to the mackerel stock, and undermines the cooperation to secure the necessary conservation measures,” she declared at the time.

The European Fisheries Commission has also expressed grave concern over the actions of the Icelandic and Faroese Governments, with Commissioner Maria Damanaki indicating that “the EU would be sending a very clear message to the Faroe Islands in the coming days.”

Shot across the bow

 First Minister Salmond said he was pleased Mrs Damanaki “has taken the unusual step of publicly denouncing these damaging actions”, urging the EU and Norway to keep pressuring the Faroese and Icelanders to reach an agreement.

“The EU and Norway are strongly aligned on this issue having committed to a ten-year deal on mackerel management and shares in January 2010. This partnership will be absolutely vital in tackling Iceland and the Faroes in an effective manner that sends out a strong message to others that while responsible and innovative fisheries practices will be rewarded, those who don't take conservation seriously will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

“Iceland and the Faroes are running the very real risk of making a mockery of our [conservation] efforts and must be called to task. This is of great concern to both the Scottish and Norwegian industry and authorities. We will not accept a deal at any price and we will not allow the anarchic actions of Iceland and Faroes to hold all the rest of us to ransom,” Mr Salmond said.




Published on Friday, 20th August, 2010 at 13:16 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: alex, salmond, jonas, gahr, stoere, eu, fisheries, commissionnorway, scotland, peterhead, mackerel, iceland, faroe, islands, lisbeth, berg-hansen, maria, damanaki.





  
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