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Norway Considers Stripping Iceland of Fishing Permits

Norway’s Minister of Fisheries Helga Pedersen is considering implementing forceful methods against Iceland for having allocated a unilateral 112,000-ton mackerel quota for itself. Such methods might include stripping Icelandic ships of their fishing licenses.

Fishing in Iceland. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

That would mean that all Icelandic ships that have ever caught mackerel would be barred from catching any type of fish in Norwegian waters, Fréttabladid reports.

Other methods under consideration include placing an embargo on fishmeal and fish oil imported from Iceland.

The Federation of Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners (LÍÚ) has requested that Iceland’s Minister of Fisheries Steingrímur J. Sigfússon meet with his Norwegian counterpart to find a solution to the mackerel dispute.

While the presence of mackerel in Icelandic waters has increased in recent years, Iceland is not part of a multi-national agreement on the division of the mackerel quota.

Iceland issuing their own quota of mackerel has caused quite an uproar among its neighboring fishing nations, while Iceland argues it’s unfair that they’re not given a seat at the negotiating table.

Click here to read more about the mackerel dispute.

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