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Scottish government see mackerel sanctions as secondary to 'jaw jaw'

February 7, 2013 1:23 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Alex Salmond's answer to Shetland MSP Tavish Scott in Parliament todayTavish ScottTavish Scott demonstrates that the Scottish Government now believes the international mackerel crises can only be solved by talks. EU sanctions against Faroe and Iceland for illegal fishing now appear to be on the back burner despite the impact on jobs and the pelagic fishing industry that the crisis is creating.

Following First Minister Questions, Tavish Scott said:

"Alex Salmond complains that our fishermen have put up with 15 rounds of inconclusive talks to resolve this fishing crisis. He is quite right. But a mediator is just a continuing way to talk. What we know is this doesn't work. The only action that Iceland and Faroe will respect are formal, biting economic sanctions which stop them landing illegally caught fish into Scottish and EU markets. That should remain the Scottish Government's number one priority and I am disappointed that it is now being quietly dropped by Alex Salmond's government in favour of another round of jaw jaw."