The Icelandic government rejected a request from a ship from Estonia, which is a member of the European Union, and Russia to land its mackerel catch in Iceland. The government also rejected that Chinese fishing companies be allowed to receive oil and other services at ports around the country, mbl.is reports.
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The Estonian ship, Ontika, instead landed its catch in the Faroe Islands. The EU has put a ban in place on the landing of herring and mackerel from the Faroe Islands in its territory. The ship, though, is owned by Icelandic parties.
The Icelandic government released a statement earlier this month condemning what it considers “a campaign of threats” regarding the country’s fisheries policy. The EU has threatened economic sanctions against Iceland if an agreement in the mackerel dispute is not reached.