Minister Proposes Fishing Fees on Whalers

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Minister Proposes Fishing Fees on Whalers

Whaling boats Reykjavík

Whaling boats in Reykjavík harbor. Photo: Páll Stefánsson

Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson has made public his intentions to officially propose the imposition of fishing fees, in addition to quotas, on companies which hunt whales and mink whales.

These plans were revealed in Sigurður’s response to a recent inquiry into the management of whaling, by MP for the Left-Greens Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Sigurður believes that “the scope of fishing fees should extend to all stocks fished in Icelandic waters, and therefore they should be equally applied to the sustainable fishing of whales and mink whales, as they are to other stocks,” as stated in an official response by the ministry to Fréttablaðið

All plans are still in the very early stages with the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture,  located within the Ministry of Industries and Innovation, currently tasked with surveying how whaling fees would fit within the larger structure of general fishing fees. The department states that talks with outside, interest-holding organizations have not begun.

The final proposal is expected to be ready for presentation and voting in parliament sometime this winter.

Earlier this month Iceland Review reported that in this same response to Katrín’s inquiry, Sigurður announced that a recent study sponsored by his ministry on the dying time of harpooned whales, would not be released, contradicting former statements on the matter. 

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