Scots mackerel fishermen urge EU action

14 Dec 2010

Scottish fishermen have called upon the European fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki to turn words into action and introduce measures that would prevent mackerel caught by Iceland and the Faroe Islands from entering EU markets.

Commenting on the statement delivered on Monday 13 December by the EC fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki that she would be pushing for the EU to take action against Iceland and the Faroe Islands because of their intention to continue to fish for mackerel without an international management agreement, Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association said: “We welcome the statement made by the commissioner but it is vitally important to convert these words into action as we have had such statements of intent for several months now.

“Any punitive action should not be taken lightly but the irresponsible behaviour of Iceland and the Faroes is threatening a valuable stock of fish that has been carefully looked after and sustainably harvested by our fishing fleet.”

Damanaki said she was consulting on ways of restricting landings of Icelandic mackerel into the EU.

She also indicated that she would press for regulations that could result in the ban on imports of fish from countries acting outside international fishery agreements, such as the Faroe Islands.

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