Faroese acting like ‘pirates’ over herring discussions

January 24, 2013, 7:26 am

The Faroe Islands have acted ‘totally irresponsibly’ and like ‘pirates’ by withdrawing from international management plans for Atlanto-Scandian herring, according to Scottish fishing leaders.

In talks held in London on Jan. 23, the Faroese decided to withdraw from international management for the stock and instead set its own quota.

A total allowable catch of 619,000 metric tons has been set for the fishery this year, of which the UK is allocated just over 8,000t.

“This is totally irresponsible behaviour by the Faroe Islands for which there is absolutely no justification. As is already the case with mackerel, the Faroese seem intent on pursuing their own national interests with no concern for the health of the stock or acknowledgment of the need for the fishery to be controlled by an international management plan,” said Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, in a press release.

“The Faroese are acting like pirates. Of key importance is the need for Denmark to exert its considerable influence to try and resolve the Faroese overfishing of key stocks.”

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