European Union / Faroe Islands / Iceland / Norway: Dispute over Mackerel Fishing Not Resolved by Talks
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(Nov 07, 2012)
On October 22-24, 2012, representatives of
Richard Lockhear, the Scottish Fisheries Secretary, expressed his disappointment that a solution was not found, stating:
We need an international deal that will see the mackerel stock sustainably fished – something that has regrettably not been the case over the past four years, with the Faroes and Iceland pursuing their own irresponsible quotas. It's disappointing that these talks have failed to achieve a deal, which is clearly in the interests of all parties who share the fishery. (
Struan Stevenson, a Scottish Member of the European Parliament, also criticized the Faroe Islands and
Steps toward sanctions were taken in September 2012 via a vote in the European Parliament to approve a framework for such sanctionsagainst nations considered to have unsustainable fishing practices. The sanctions available for use range from restrictions on importation of fish products of certain species to prohibitions on chartering agreements with businesses from countries that allow non-sustainable fishing. (European Parliament Approves Framework for Sanctions Against Countries Allowing Unsustainable Fishing, Maria Damanaki European Commission Member website (Sept. 13, 2012).)
According to its website, ICES "is a network of more than 1600 scientists from 200 institutes linked by an intergovernmental agreement," whose mission is to "advance the scientific capacity to give advice on human activities affecting, and affected by, marine ecosystems." (What Is ICES?, ICES website (last visited Oct. 29, 2012).)
The Minister of Industries and Innovation of Iceland, Steingrímur J Sigfússon, also issued a statement, expressing regret that agreement had not been reached in
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Last updated: 11/07/2012