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EC bans Faroese imports

21 Aug 2013
The measures will address the continued unstaiable fishing of herring. Photo: Claus Ableiter/ CC BY-SA 3.0

The measures will address the continued unstaiable fishing of herring. Photo: Claus Ableiter/ CC BY-SA 3.0

The European Commission (EC) is banning Faroese imports to “safeguard fragile fish stocks” as the Faroe Islands continues "unsustainable" fishing of herring.

As part of a package of measures that has been adopted by the EC, imports of herring and mackerel from Atlanto-Scandian stocks caught under the control of the Faroe Islands are banned, as well as products containing or made from the fish.

The measures also include restrictions on the use of EU ports by vessels fishing for the herring and mackerel stocks under the control of the Faroe Islands. This means some Faroese vessels will not be allowed to dock in EU ports, except in emergencies.

An EC spokesperson told World Fishing and Aquaculture: “If the Faroe Islands continue to fish the excessive amounts, scientists warn that the stock will fall below MSY. This would be drastic as it has taken years of effort to reach a sustainable level under the long term management plan, which was agreed by all parties, including the Faroes.”

The Faroe Islands pulled out of its agreement with Norway, Russia and Iceland to manage and share the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of the herring stock in 2013, and established its own quota.

“Despite our numerous attempts for dialogue the Faroes continued their unsustainable practices, to the detriment of the fish stock,” added the EC spokesperson.

A similar dispute is going on with Iceland over the management of the North-East Atlantic mackerel stock, but the Commission has not yet adopted measures.

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The measures will address the continued unstaiable fishing of herring. Photo: Claus Ableiter/ CC BY-SA 3.0

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