EU threatens sanctions against IcelandThis article was originally published in Foodnews
THE EU has officially agreed to fast-track sanction plans against Iceland because of its continued overfishing of the north east Atlantic mackerel stocks. Irish minister for agriculture, marine and food, Simon Coveney, told reporters in Brussels that Iceland’s fishing “amounts to plunder and is arguably illegal”. Mackerel is a valuable stock to Ireland, which has also struggled financially in recent years. Iceland and the Faroe Islands were offered quotas of 7% and 8% respectively, in addition to access to EU waters, but both rejected the offer, RTE News reports.