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UK ‘can learn’ from Iceland and Norway by Jenny Hjul July 07,2017   |  Source: FISHUpdate

The UK should follow the example of Iceland and Norway when it comes to managing fisheries because they have been far more successful than the EU at conserving stocks and sustaining coastal communities.

That is the analysis of an Icelandic expert, based on his country’s experiences right back to the Cod Wars of the 1970s, as the UK enters detailed Brexit negotiations.

Hjörtur J. Guðmundsson said: ‘What Britain can learn from the experience of Iceland and Norway in short is the importance of having full authority over the fishing sector, the importance of sustainable and responsible management and of keeping the domestic fishing grounds as a general rule for local fishermen for the benefit of the whole country.

‘The United Kingdom will, as a sovereign country, have an absolute and undisputed right to a 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) or the median line under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

‘No traditional fishing rights, real or purported, of other countries can override that, otherwise no country would ever risk allowing fishing vessels from other countries to fish in its waters.

‘Consequently, the EU and its member states have no legal arguments for demands to continue fishing in British waters as before. And they are very


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