Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries on Friday set this year’s mackerel quota at 148,000 tonnes.
Coastal fishing association FSK (Foreningen for Skånsomt Kystfiskeri – Association for Sensible Coastal Fishing) is presenting proposals to the Danish government for a redistribution of fishing quotas in a way that benefits coastal communities.
The government of Greenland has set this year’s mackerel quota for East Greenland at 85,000 tonnes, along with a 20,000 tonne herring quota and a 15,000 tonne blue whiting quota.
Juan Carlos Corrás of La Coruña PO Pescagalicia-Arpega predicts that the discard ban will hit the trawl fleet hardest.
Moves are being made towards the establishment of a new Regional Fisheries Management Organisation for the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, an area that is lacking an RFMO to co-ordinate fisheries research and management in spite of the importance of the region’s biodiversity and the values that fisheries add to the economies of the region’s coastal nations.
The Fisheries Council is over. The delegates have left Brussels for another year and the results are a mixed bag, much if which is surprisingly encouraging –not least with the spectre of the landing obligation about to be applied to demersal fisheries across Europe.