Minister for Natural Environment Fisheries, Richard Benyon, has cautioned that the sustainability of mackerel in the future is at risk.
This calamity is already being called “Cod Wars II”.
The EU and Britain are on the brink of a serious trade battle with Iceland and the Faroe Islands after discussions about changing fishing quotas failed miserably.
Faroes and Iceland have both increased their fishing quotas substantially, and have basically up and walked out of discussions with the EU, which were supposed to find a middle ground agreeable to all concerned.
The other nations of the EU – including Britain, much to everyone’s surprise – are looking to take some extreme actions which might just force Iceland and the Faroes to limit the amount of mackerel they reel in.
There has already been talk of trade sanctions which would effectively ban the import of mackerel.
This is very much like the Cod Wars of the 50′s and 70′s, when Britain and Iceland were fighting over the rights to fish in the North Atlantic.
It got so serious that even the Royal navy was called in to put a stop to boats from Iceland who were getting in the way of the British trawlers.
But something needs to be done.. Both Iceland and the Faroes have given themselves quotas which are way larger than five years ago. So… There may be sanctions, or there may be interference with boats and fishing operations, whatever is going to happen, “Cod War II” promises to be very interesting indeed.