‘Mackerel wars’ talks break down

Scottish fishermen have called for sanctions against Iceland and the Faroe Islands in their ongoing row about mackerel quotas, the BBC reports.

Three-day talks in Oslo last week to try and reach an agreement on joint management arrangements of the north-east Atlantic mackerel ended in deadlock.

The EU and Norwegian fishing industries blame the failure of this latest round of talks due to the unrealistic demands and irresponsible behaviour of Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, told the BBC that he calls for the EU to impose “meaningful sanctions”, including putting on hold talks about Iceland joining the European Union.

Read the full story: Talks over mackerel quota row break down (BBC)

Read more about the “mackerel wars”:
EU set to block mackerel landings from Iceland
“They are overfishing more than which is justifiable on the basis of scientific evidence”

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