Representatives of Icelandic fishing companies have been invited to participate in discussions on the control of mackerel fishing at the end of this month after having requested a seat at the table for many years.
“Although we are only being invited to participate in this meeting as observers we consider us qualified participants,” managing director of the Federation of Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners (LÍÚ) Fridrik J. Arngrímsson told Morgunbladid.
“The primary objective is to participate in negotiations on the control and sharing of this fish stock. It is a positive first step,” Arngrímsson added.
Icelandic fishing vessels have caught approximately 112,000 tons of mackerel this year and its worth is estimated at around ISK 6 billion (USD 50 million, EUR 40 million).
The presence of mackerel in Icelandic waters is increasing with rising ocean temperatures.
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