Coastal States consultations on mackerel ended inconclusively today
Coastal States consultations on mackerel between the European Union, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Norway in Clonakilty, Ireland ended inconclusively today. The parties agreed to resume the consultations in early 2012.
European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki said: "There was no agreement today. We do not want to admit that there is a deadlock that we cannot overcome. Not reaching agreement would be disastrous for the mackerel stock. Scientists are telling us that the situation is worsening. We want to give these mackerel talks a last chance, probably in January".