It was decided during the leadership meeting of the Social Democratic Alliance, of which Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir is chair, on March 27 to declare support for ideas on a national referendum on the future of the fisheries control system in Iceland.
Icelandic cod. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
“It will be secured in new laws that a fair share of the earnings from Iceland’s fishing resource be harnessed for the interest of the public but not for special interest as has been the case until now,” a statement released after the meeting reads, according to Fréttabladid.
The statement also says that the fisheries control system is to be “based on employment freedom and internationally recognized human rights.”
The government is working on a lapse of the fishing quota, that is, taking quota away from the companies that currently hold it, which has caused a lot of controversy among fishing vessel owners.
Click here to read more about the quota lapse.