Jean Urquhart MSP has welcomed the announcement of a comprehensive sanctions package against countries engaged in unsustainable fishing practices.
The SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands spoke after an agreement was reached that could see Iceland and the Faroe Islands face sanctions for their unilateral setting of massive quotas for mackerel.
Commenting, Mrs Urquhart said:
“A vibrant fisheries sector is a vital part of the economy for my region, so I was pleased to see the introduction of these long-awaited measures.
“Ensuring that sustainable fishing practices are adhered to by all nations is a vital step in maintaining the future of the sector, and this package should strengthen the hand of responsible fishing nations in dealing with those who put short-term desires over long term co-operation.
“Iceland has unilaterally increased its mackerel quota to over 400 times of its 2005 size, an exponential increase that clearly is to their long-term detriment.
“I hope that this package will encourage both Iceland and the Faroe Islands to return to the negotiating table in October and agree to a sensible and sustainable fisheries deal that will benefit us all.”