The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has come out in support of the Scottish government in its stance on Rockall. This week the Scottish government informed the Irish authorities that it would…
A long legal battle for Icelandic fishing company Samherji came to an end this week as the country’s supreme court confirmed a lower court’s initial ruling that a fine levied on the company by the Central Bank was invalid. This brings to an end a fifteen-year process and the ISK15 million (€110,000) fine is no longer applicable.
Talks are in progress towards the amalgamation of a number of seamen’s unions in Iceland. The aim is to establish a stronger organisation ahead of the coming negotiations over labour agreements with vessel owners’ body SFS.
The French scallop fleet’s frustrations over the UK scallopers working grounds that remain closed to them for another month came to a head as scallop boats from ports along the Channel coast sailed to the Seine Bay to head off the UK scallopers.
A judge in Argentina has signed a warrant for the detention of five Chinese fishing vessels following a recent incident when they were intercepted fishing inside Argentina’s EEZ. The five vessels were able to escape, following a long chase during which shots were fired.
An Argentinian Coast Guard vessel found itself surrounded by a group of Chinese fishing boats as they tried to prevent one of their number from being apprehended after being observed fishing illegally in Argentinian waters.
A Pontevedra-based trawler has been arrested in what Argentina claims is national waters, while the vessel’s skipper is adamant that he was fishing in international waters.
Threatened action by French fishermen began early this morning as Calais and other ports have been blockaded. Ferry and freight services have been suspended, with the busy port of Calais seriously affected, while Dutch seine netters in Boulogne due to weather have been unable to leave.
Faroese fisheries minister Høgni Hoydal has expressed his surprise at the turn of events that resulted in Iceland suspending access for the Faroese fleet to Icelandic waters, not least at the actions of the Icelandic authorities. He has protested at the decision to rescind the fisheries agreement between the two nations, which he has described as unusual and illegal.
Iceland’s minister of fisheries and agriculture Kristján Thór Júlíusson has taken the decision to exclude Faroese fishing vessels from Icelandic waters in 2018, just as the Faroe Islands warned Iceland its vessels would not have access to blue whiting in the Faroese zone unless concessions were made.