Iceland-EU-Norway Mackerel Dispute Continues Skip to content

Iceland-EU-Norway Mackerel Dispute Continues

A declaration by parties of interest in the fishing industry in Norway and the European Union recently published on the website of Norwegian fishing vessel owners suggested a four-percent quota of the joint mackerel fishing stock.

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Fishing in Iceland. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

“[These ideas] are ridiculous and in no consistency with our demands of a rightful share in the mackerel fishing quota,” Friðrik* J. Arngrímsson, managing director of the Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners (LÍÚ), told Fréttablaðið.

In the past years Icelandic fishing authorities have issued a 16-17 percent unilateral share of the quota, to the outrage of Norway and the EU, accusing Icelanders of overfishing.

Friðrik denies these accusations, pointing out that these parties claimed a 90 percent share of the joint mackerel quota issued by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICEX) last season.

Click here to read more about the mackerel dispute.

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* The Icelandic letter ð is pronounced like th in that.

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