Scottish fishermen call for fairer deal with Faroe Islands
Download of mackerel catches. (Photo: Larry Hartwell)
(UNITED KINGDOM, 1/20/2017)
Scotland's mackerel fishermen and processors are calling on the European Union to reduce access to vessels in the Faroe Islands authorized to fish in Scottish waters.
The EU-Faroe Islands agreement, negotiated for the first time in 2014, provides for an exchange of quotas and an access agreement, and allows Faroese vessels to extract part of their mackerel and blue whiting quotas in EU waters, instead than in their waters. In return, Community vessels may extract part of their quota for these species in Faroese waters.
However, the Scottish pelagic sector maintains that the bilateral deal is heavily skewed in favour of the Faroe Islands.
This position is backed-up by a report recently published by Seafish which reveals that in 2015, Faroese boats caught almost 33,000 tonnes of mackerel in EU ...