Trade sanctions against the Faroe Islands within a month
Ian Gatt, Sean O’Donoghue, Commissioner Maria Damanaki, Esben Sverdrup-Jensen, Armando Astudillo (DG MARE), Gerard van Balsfoort, Andreas Papaconstantinou (DG MARE), Bernhard Friess (DG MARE)
Representatives from the pelagic fishing industry are very confident that trade sanction measures will be put in place against the Faroe Islands within a month.
This follows a meeting with EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki to discuss the herring situation, where the Faroe Islands has set itself a quota share more than three times larger than its traditional share – which has been described by the industry as “irresponsible”.
The industry is also confident that associated species such as mackerel will be included in these sanction measures. It specifically requested that salmon be included in the trade sanctions and reports that the Commissioner took onboard that salmon was an associated species, as Faroese herring and mackerel are reduced to fish feed for its aquaculture industry.
Gerard van Balsfoort, chairman of the Northern Pelagic Working Group, said, “Today we met a very determined Commissioner to follow through on her commitment to stop the irresponsible behaviour by the Faroe Islands which has a direct detrimental effect on the workforce employed by the EU seafood sector”.
“We are particularly pleased that the Commissioner has also started the procedure to introduce mackerel sanction measures against Iceland and Faroe Islands”, he added.
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