Norway Attacks Iceland And Faroe Islands

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
2 August 2010, at 1:00am

NORWAY - The Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture has criticised Iceland and the Faroe Islands over irresponsible fishing of mackerel.

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," says Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen.

Catches of mackerel from Faroese and Icelandic vessels are, according to Norwegian legislation, not allowed to be landed in Norwegian ports. An exemption is made for the 2000 tons of mackerel which the Faroe Islands are entitled to catch in Norwegian waters as part of the fisheries agreement for 2010 between the Faroe Islands and Norway.