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Iceland Proposes Meeting to Settle Mackerel Dispute

Icelandic authorities have invited representatives from the European Union, Norway and the Faroe Islands to attend a meeting with them in the coming days to find a solution to the debate on mackerel fishing that everyone can agree on.

Fishing in Iceland. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

A statement from Iceland’s Fisheries Ministry reads that Iceland is in full authority to use a resource that is within the country’s resource jurisdiction and those who are opposed to that contradict international law, Fréttabladid reports.

However, the right to harness a resource that other states are also entitled to comes with the obligation to seek cooperation with these states, the ministry argues.

Since control of mackerel fishing began within the Northeast Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), Iceland has requested recognition as a mackerel-fishing member state and consequently as a participant in negotiations on how the quota should be shared.

However, Iceland has not been invited to participate in negotiations and therefore Icelandic fisheries authorities issued a unilateral mackerel quota for Iceland.

Click here to read more about the mackerel dispute.

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