Faroes and Iceland set mackerel quotasFaroese Minister of Fisheries Jacob Vestergaard. Photo: Fiskimálaráðið

The Faroe Islands and Iceland have followed Norway’s lead in setting their own mackerel quotas for 2021.

Faroese Minister of Fisheries Jacob Vestergaard has set a 167,048 tonne mackerel quota for the Faroese fleet this year. This corresponds to 19.60% of the 852,284 tonne TAC agreed by the coastal states in December last year, and represents an increase on the 12.6% share of the TAC that the Faroe Islands had under the coastal states agreement that expired at the end of 2020.

Jacob Vestergaard commented that he hopes to see constructive talks when the coastal states meet this autumn, which will take place in the Faroe Islands.

Iceland’s Minister of Fisheries Kristján Thór Júlíusson has signed legislation concerning the Icelandic fleet’s 2021 mackerel fishery in Icelandic and NEAFC waters, setting a 140,627 tonne quota. This corresponds to 16.50% share of this year’s TAC.

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