Iceland struggles for mackerel quota
Politics News |    Written by Magdalena Tomasik    | Thursday, 18 July 2013

(Photo: Government of Iceland) Icelandic Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson. (Photo: Government of Iceland) Icelandic Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson.

Icelandic Prime Minister (PM), Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, announced that European Union (EU) will not impose sanctions on Icelandic state for mackerel over - fishing.


Icelandic PM returned from Brussels on Wednesday and stated optimistically, that Iceland was prepared to negotiate over mackerel quotas.


Signundur D. Gunnlaugsson has clearly stated that Iceland had practiced sustainable fishing in recent years and the measurable amount of mackerel in the Atlantic waters was ample evidence of this statement.


Iceland and the Faroe Islands have increased their total mackerel catches in the past seven years. The share of mackerel they jointly took out of the northeast area of the Atlantic Ocean was five per cent in 2006.


Iceland claims the right to higher mackerel quota as due to the warming Arctic, fish populations is now to be found in their territorial waters in bigger quantities.


The president of European Commission (EC), José Manuel Barroso, gave a speech that indicated that other solutions rather than financial sanctions will be proposed to Icelandic state.


Barroso explained that EU was frightened of mackerel stock being at risk of over - fishing. Maria Damanaki, EU commissioner for fisheries, stated at the beginning of this week, that allowing Iceland to impose their own quotas could seriously deplete mackerel stocks in the East Atlantic region.




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