Iceland’s Minister of Fisheries Einar K. Gudfinsson met with John Connelly, president of the National Fisheries Institute in the US, yesterday. At the meeting, Connelly reportedly voiced support for Iceland’s opposition of an international trawling ban.
Gudfinnsson told Fréttabladid that Connelly said he was a strong supporter of Iceland’s fisheries policy, including Iceland’s opposition of a trawling ban at the United Nations on 24 November.
Gudfinnsson said Connelly had emphasized that Iceland had a good reputation for a sustainable exploitation of national resources at the meeting.
A letter by Connelly was published in Washington Post yesterday, in which he objected to the paper’s editorial on bottom trawling from 3 December, headlined “Blame Iceland.”
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