Fish chief welcomes sanction move

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The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association has welcomed the first step towards delivering sanctions against the Faroese on over-fishing of herring.

Association chief executive, Ian Gatt, said: “We welcome this first step towards delivering a sanctions measure against the Faroese for their over-fishing of herring, which hopefully will provide new impetus that will also help resolve the issue of their excessive catching of mackerel.

“We believe that any sanctions brought against Faroe for the over-fishing of the Atlanto-Scandian herring stock should also apply to mackerel because they catch both species together in what is essentially a mixed fishery.

“We are disappointed there has been no significant further movement with regards to implementing sanctions against both Iceland and the Faroes for their over-catching of mackerel. “