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Westman Islands Concerned about Capelin Ban

By Iceland Review

The Westman Islands Town Council met yesterday and expressed deep concerns of the local fishing industry’s situation in regards to yesterday’s capelin fishing moratorium, which comes at a particularly bad time since the cod fishing allowances were also cut.

The local authority concluded that the capelin moratorium will result in an ISK 3.8 billion (USD 57 million, EUR 38 million) loss for the fishing industry in the Westman Islands, which is already suffering an ISK 3.6 billion (USD 54 million, EUR 36 million) loss from the cod quota cut, Fréttabladid reports.

The Westman Islands Town Council thus demands that the Icelandic state takes immediate action to strengthen the local fishing industry, including cancelling inflictive taxes, improving the educational branch of the fishing industry and increasing marine research.

The local authority also suggested resuming commercial whaling.

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