A petition urging the government to reconsider a proposed bill, in which the terms of the law requiring fishing companies to pay a tariff for their use of Iceland’s fishing resources are to be changed, has been signed by more than 11,000 people.
Photo courtesy of the Icelandic Photo Agency.
Debates involving the bill have been heated. The fishing tariffs were introduced with a bill approved on June 26, 2012, and were expected to give the Icelandic state a return of ISK 8.3-9.8 billion (USD 69-77 million, EUR 52-58 million) this year.
The estimated amount varies as fishing companies in serious debt are given a discount.
Visir.is reports that if the proposed bill on changes to the fishing tariff is passed, returns will be a great deal lower than originally expected.