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Drastic Cut to Blue Whiting Fishing Quota

The combined quota of coastal states that catch blue whiting in the North Atlantic was drastically decreased from 540,000 to 40,000 tons at a meeting in London yesterday. Iceland’s share drops from 87,000 to 6,500 tons.

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Fishing in Iceland. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

“It was an inescapable conclusion, it had been impending for a long time,” Kristján Freyr Helgason, chairman of Iceland’s delegation, told Fréttabladid.

The coastal states agreed to follow the quota recommendations of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in full.

“It is of course very radical but consistent with the harnessing policy which we have agreed to follow,” commented Fridrik J. Arngrímsson, managing director of the Federation of Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners, to Morgunbladid.

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