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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Iceland's experience: a guidebook for the EU??

Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to the EU, recently told EurActiv that the common fisheries policies have not been successful in fulfilling its objective and “and that's why [these] are being revisited and reformed. Speaking of Iceland he stated “[…] there is not wrong that we come with our experience and say that we have more experience in this field than the EU".
Notably, he highlighted that Iceland had fish stocks that are sustainable, and that the country had “been working for years to build sustainable fisheries”. Ibsen also pointed out that this has turned out to be effective economically as “fishing operations are run by business”. “They have to  survive on the market and this is being matched with what fish stocks can support in terms of catches”, he added.
As we have been informing previously, the EU's fisheries policy is undergoing a deep reform. According to the EU Commission. In 2011, the Commission presented its proposals for the reform of the EU common fisheries policy and during 2012, the proposals will be discussed in the European Parliament and in the Council. The reformed common fisheries policy (CFP) will enter into force in 2013.

Source: EurActiv