Mackerel Discussion Scheduled for September

5 July 2012, at 1:00am

EU, NORWAY, ICELAND - In the margins of the 17th North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference held in Reykjavik on 3 July 2012, Commissioner Maria Damanaki and Norwegian Fisheries Minster Lisbeth Berg-Hansen met with the Icelandic Fisheries Minister, Steingrmur J. Sigfsson, to discuss mackerel.

It was agreed to meet at political level in London on 3 September with the objective of resolving the issue.

The participants at the meeting were Ministers of Fisheries and their representatives from the main fishing parties in the North Atlantic, namely the EU, Canada, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation.

The conference focused on the most effective policies to stop discards, the practice of throwing unwanted fish back to sea. The participants also discussed eco-labelling and methods to ensure traceability of fish products, as well as results and impressions of Rio+20.