EU mackerel sanctions

Sanctions to penalise the irresponsible mackerel fishing by Iceland and the Faroe Islands have finally been given formal agreement in Brussels this week.

However, any relief that this long-awaited development will finally be in place was tempered by warnings from the Commission that scientific advice due out at the end of this week is likely to recommend a cut in mackerel quotas for 2013.

Scotland’s Fishing Minister Richard Lochhead said: “This has been a painfully slow process but sanctions have finally been agreed and we will continue to press for them to be implemented if the Faroes and Iceland again declare inflated mackerel quotas for next year.”