Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Iceland, Faroes may face EU fish sanctions
by Staff Writers
Brussels (UPI) Sep 28, 2012

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Iceland and the Faroe Islands could face EU sanctions over "unsustainable" mackerel catches after an EU Fisheries Council agreement this week.

The EU Council Tuesday adopted a regulation under which sanctions can be slapped on non-EU countries that allow "non-sustainable fishing." Sanctions could include trade restrictions and limiting the use of EU ports by vessels flying the flag of the targeted country.

Norway and Scotland's regional government have been seeking EU sanctions against Iceland and the Faroes over their increased mackerel harvests in northeastern Atlantic Ocean waters.

The two countries unilaterally increased their take of the prized fish this year after four-way Coastal States talks (including the European Union, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Norway) to reach a mackerel deal failed to materialize for a third consecutive year.

Talks for 2013 mackerel quotas are to begin in October and now Norway and Scotland will be armed with the possibility of EU sanctions should the negotiations again fail to produce an agreement.

Under the new measure, countries deemed by Brussels to be violating fishing sustainability rules could see restrictions placed on their exports of fish into the European Union, as well as on their use of EU ports to unload the disputed catch.

Iceland claims the increased takes are justified because stocks of mackerel are abundant, with fish being spawned in its own waters. But Norway and Scotland point to scientific evidence claiming a cut in the mackerel quota is needed to sustain the stock.

Scotland's Fishing Minister Richard Lochhead welcomed the EU regulation.

"This has been a painfully slow process but sanctions have finally been agreed and we will continue to press for them to be implemented if the Faroes and Iceland again declare inflated mackerel quotas for next year," he said.

But, he added, early indications the mackerel quota will likely have to be cut next year to maintain sustainability is bad economic news for his country.

Lochhead called the findings "deeply frustrating" because the long delay in getting the European Union to agree to sanctions has resulted in the mackerel stock being put in peril.

"It is simply infuriating that overfishing of mackerel by Iceland and the Faroes could lead to Scottish fishermen facing reduced quotas," he said. "The current negotiating framework and Europe's lack of urgency is failing to protect a vital fishery and is threatening Scottish jobs. Now we are left in a very complex and difficult place."

Ian Gatt of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen's Association also welcomed the EU agreement but urged that sanctions against Iceland and the Faroes be quickly implemented.

"Livelihoods in the Scottish catching, processing and other ancillary sectors could be affected if this totally irresponsible overfishing by Iceland and the Faroes were to result in reduced quotas for our own fishing fleet, which has been adhering to scientific advice and fishing sustainability," he said.

Iceland, however, pointed out the EU Council vote was split, with Germany and Denmark, which administers the Faroe Islands, abstaining.

"Two nations that are among the largest in fisheries, Denmark and Germany, did not think it right to approve the proposal and abstained," Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Ossur Skarpheoinsson told the daily newspaper Frettabladid, pointing out that Denmark reserved the right to take actions directed against the Faroes to the European Court.


Related Links
Water News - Science, Technology and Politics

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Coral Hotspots Found in Deepwater Canyons off Northeast US Coast
Woods Hole MA (SPX) Sep 27, 2012
For the first time in decades, researchers have conducted an extensive exploration for deep-sea corals and sponges in submarine canyons off the northeastern coast of the US. The survey revealed coral "hotspots," and found that a new coral habitat suitability model could help predict where corals are likely to occur. The model is being developed by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) a ... read more

China has no timetable for manned moon landing

Senior scientist discusses China's lunar orbiter challenges

NASA sees 'gateway' for space missions

Protection for Moon, Mars astronauts eyed

Mars-like Places on Earth Give Insights into Rover Data

A windshield wiper for Mars dust

Curiosity Finishes Close Inspection of Rock Target

Where is Deimos?

Bryan Campen joins XCOR as Director of Media and Public Relations

B612 Wins Funding Support From Prominent Business Leadersy

Cavenauts return to Earth

Brazil unveils tax incentives to boost tech innovation

China Spacesat gets 18-million-USD gov't support

Tiangong Orbit Change Signals Likely Date for Shenzhou 10

China Focus: Timeline for China's space research revealed

China eyes next lunar landing as US scales back

Space freighter undocking set for Friday

Russia to send all-novice crew to ISS

ATV undocking postponed

Crew Members Prepare for Departure

California Governor Signs the Spaceflight Liability and Immunity Act

Processing is underway with the next Automated Transfer Vehicle to be orbited by Arianespace

Fueling underway with the Galileo satellites for next Soyuz launch from French Guiana

SpaceX, NASA Target Oct. 7 Launch For Resupply Mission To Space Station

Stagnant Interiors Suppress Chances of Life on Super-Earths

Meteors Might Add Methane to Exoplanet Atmospheres

Two 'hot Jupiters' found in star cluster: NASA

Planets Can Form in the Galactic Center

Search for element 113 concluded at last

Kodak dumps inkjet printers, more jobs

Sleek new PlayStation 3 model makes US debut

Pigs' revenge as 'Angry Birds' makers launch new game

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement