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Decision on Fishing Quotas Postponed

Einar K. Gudfinnson, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, did not issues fishing quotas for next fishing year today as was expected.

Last month, the Marine Research Institute recommended a drastic cut in the cod fishing quota, down to 130,000 tons in the next fishing season – 63,000 tons fewer than this season, to save the cod stock. Despite fierce opposition to the recommendations in the fisheries-dependent West Fjords, Gudfinnsson’s constituency, he has said that he takes them very seriously and will most likely issue considerably reduced quotas. Gudfinnsson has also promised that measures would be taken to help those communities worst hit by the cuts.

A decree was expected at a meeting of the government this morning. The ministers of the Social Democratic Alliance, one of the coalition partners showed up late to the meeting, apparently because they were tied up at another meeting where the quotas were debated. However, no announcement was made, which indicates how controversial the issue is within the government. According to RÚV national radio, the decision on the quotas will be announced by the end of the week. News website quoted the minister as saying that he would issue the decree before July 15th.

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