The European Union is set to ban imports of mackerel and other fish from Iceland and Faroe after parliamentarians voted to impose sanctions on the island nations.
The European Parliament approved the measures in retaliation for the huge increases in mackerel quotas taken by Iceland and Faroe which are putting the sustainability of North Atlantic stocks in jeopardy.
Attempts to reach a negotiated agreement between the EU and Norway and Iceland and Faroe have repeatedly come to nothing.
Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, said: “We welcome today’s vote by the European Parliament, although it is essential that the European Commission now moves quickly to implement the measures.
“This is the third straight year without an international agreement on mackerel, which means the sustainability of this valuable fishery is being jeopardised.
“Hopefully, today’s vote will help ensure that Iceland and the Faroes recognise the seriousness of the situation and at long last they will return to the table to engage in meaningful negotiations.”