Resuming talks about the mackerel dispute

After failed attempts in London, Dublin, Reykjavik, Oslo and Bergen, Edinburgh is the next location for the latest meeting on 3-4 March to stop the mackerel dispute. The Scottish fishermen, as the strongest detractor of regional unsustainable fisheries, accuse Iceland and the Faroe Islands of putting the North East Atlantic fishery at serious risks.

Since 2010 the EU and Norway have been in dispute with Iceland and the Faroe Islands because of the enormous increase of their mackerel quotas. In contrast, UK, EU and Norway claim to have been fishing sustainably for mackerel, in order to conserve the stock based on a common agreement.

But there are good prospects for an ending, since the political gap between the North-East Atlantic fishing parties has been decreasing gradually.

European Commission, February 2014