Mackerel dispute with Faroes and Iceland on agenda of EU Fish Council

At the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting on Monday 27 September, the dispute between the EU and Iceland, Norway and the Faroe Islands has been added to the agenda. Fisheries issues were not planned to be dealt with at this meeting, but at the request of the Commission the ministers present will discuss the ongoing negotiations with the countries concerned and options to resolve the dispute.

In August Iceland and the Faroe Islands increased their quotas for mackerel, stating that the stocks had moved into their waters from the EU. The Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, accused these countries of putting the stocks in peril (See cfp-reformwatch: European Commission expresses concern at Faroe Islands high mackerel quota).

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