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Pause on Faroese decision on fisheries management regime

Staff Writer | July 31, 2017
The Faroese Parliament has hit the pause button on controversial changes to the country’s fisheries management regime, as an industry source put it.
Faroese fisheries
Fish   Several industry figures voiced their doubts
The long-awaited bill went before the Faroese Parliament in May, which was seen as being extremely late in the day for such a crucial piece of legislation.

It was subsequently suspended by the Speaker who justified his actions by stating that the bill would not get an adequate debate in the short time available for it – and a detailed discussion of the bill was needed.

With only a few days left for Parliament to debate it, more than forty amendments had already been added to the fisheries bill before its suspension.

As the Faroese fisheries bill was suspended, speculation circulated on a possible vote of no confidence in the coalition government, but this has not been tabled. A bill tabled by the opposition earlier this year to extend the current industry management regime by some years was not passed.

The current situation leaves the industry in limbo as the present fisheries management legislation comes to an end on the 31st of December this year, and several industry figures voiced their doubts that the authorities will be able to be ready for the 1st of January 2018 when the new management regime is due to be in place.