Faroe Islands: trade measures on herring supported by Member States' Committee
The Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture has backed, by a qualified majority, a proposal of the European Commission for a Regulation adopting trade measures with regard to the Faroe Islands.
Commissioner Damanaki welcomed the outcome: "I am glad the Committee supported the proposal of the Commission on adopting trade measures as regards the Faroe Islands. Given the gravity of the situation and the lack of co-operation from the Faroese authorities, we had no option but to move ahead and take all necessary steps in ensuring a sustainable herring fishery managed in a joint manner by all coastal states concerned."
The Committee discussed the overfishing of atlanto-scandian herring by the Faroe Islands following a decision by its authorities earlier this year to unilaterally treble their existing quota. The Faroese decision to unilaterally increase its quota by more than three times the allocations they would have got under the existing arrangements jeopardises the long term sustainability of the stock. It also constitutes a unilateral disruption of the joint management of a crucial fishery stock.
The final decision will now come back, upon proposal of Commissioner Damanaki, to the Commission which will discuss these measures, taking into account the opinions expressed in the Committee. A decision can be expected most probably in the course of August.