A FAROESE fishermen’s leader has said that recent reports that Faroese fishing vessels are likely to cross the sea border into Scottish waters to catch mackerel were “misinformed”.
The Scottish government has said that they were “focussing their priorities” on patrolling the sea border to “make sure they (Faroese fishing boats) don’t come over that line into Scottish waters”.
Two fisheries protection vessel as well as spotter planes have been involved in the operation.
Catch quotas for mackerel are disputed in the vast north east Atlantic after the Faroe Islands and Iceland set their own catch allocation unilaterally without an international agreement.
But Jógvan Jespersen of the Faroese Pelagic Organisation said there was no need for the Scottish government to worry because the fleet had already caught almost all its quote of 150,000 tonnes this year.
“There is hardly any quota left. The fishery for the season is almost finished. There are just a few hundred tonnes left; that’s two or three days and that’s it.”
He added that the reporting of the so-called ‘mackerel dispute’ was misinformed and said that his organisation’s vessels had never been near the sea border with Scotland.
“The area near the sea border is of very little interest to us. Our boats are fishing further north, mainly in the area of 63 degrees north.
“I can’t see the reason for patrolling that area because our ships have not been near the southern sea border,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Marine Scotland confirmed on Thursday that there had been “no illegal incursion” into Scottish waters.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 430 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News