Presentation made by Dr. Grimur Valdimarsson at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromso, Norway 24-29th of January where he discussed what lessons can be learned from developing global fisheries as new areas in the Arctic open up for fisheries development.Read more
Over the past years, the rise in the number of tourists visiting Iceland has far exceeded forecasts and the sector is expected to continue to grow. In order to support the successful development of tourism in Iceland, the minister of Industries and Commerce, who is also the minister of Tourism, and the Icelandic Travel Industry Association joined forces to shape a long-term tourism strategy with an emphasis on sustainable development.Read more
Annual consultations between the Coastal States on the management of the mackerel stock in the North-East Atlantic were held in London on 21-23 October 2014. The scientific advice from ICES on total allowable catch for 2015 was presented and reflected a strong status of the stock. Scientific research also demonstrates continued massive presence of the stock in Icelandic waters. Regrettably, however, parties failed to reach an agreement on a comprehensive management of the stock as one coastal state was not in position to agree on a share for Iceland which other parties had consented to.Read more
The marine research institutes of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway have issued a report on the annual co-ordinated mackerel trawl survey in the Nordic Seas which was conducted in July and August as in previous years.
The Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Mr. Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, announced the total allowable catch for all stocks in Icelandic jurisdiction for next fishing season in Iceland today. The Minister follows exactly the scientific advice given by the Icelandic Marine Research Institute for all species, as indeed he did last year.Read more
The management of fisheries in Iceland is the responsibility of the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture. The management is based on law. Regulations are issued annually and they can be different between years.Read more
The EU, the Faroe Islands and Norway take full responsibility of overfishing. The Minister's response to the tripartite agreement on the mackerel issue
Yesterday, the European Union, Norway and the Faroe Islands reached an agreement on the total allowable catch and sharing of quotas of the mackerel stock. Iceland was excluded from the agreement following a meeting in Edinburgh last week at which Iceland stressed the importance of reaching an agreement in line with the advice of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The agreement, in which the three parties allocate themselves a total of 1,047,000 tonnes this year, is valid for five years. This allocation exceeds the advice of the ICES by almost 18%. The EU and Norway have allocated solely for themselves 890,000 tonnes, which is the maximum advised total allowable catch for this year.Read more
The Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Mr. Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, regrets that the meeting in Edinburgh yesterday on the management of the mackerel stock concluded without an agreement. It is evident that the opportunity to reach an agreement for the 2014 fishing season has slipped away.Read more
No Legal or Scientific Basis for Pelly Amendment Certification of Iceland by the US Department of Interior
Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of Iceland, has expressed disappointment with the Pelly Amendment certification of Iceland by the US Department of Interior due to Iceland‘s international trade in whale products.Read more
Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson Iceland´s Minister of Fisheries has expressed disappointment that negotiations on mackerel between the Coastal States in London this week have not resulted in an agreement between the parties.Read more
Almost all Greenland sharks caught on Icelandic fishing grounds are by-catch in fishery for other species.
Almost all Greenland sharks caught on Icelandic fishing grounds are by-catch in fishery for other species. Discarding is forbidden by law, thus all sharks caught must be landed and recorded.
IUCN recommends research on historical catch data of this species to determine any population declines as a result of the fisheries. Read more
The licence is granted to CNOOC Iceland ehf. as operator with 60 % share, Eykon Energy ehf with 15 % share and Petoro Iceland AS with 25 % share.
Investment Agreement between PCC and the Government of Iceland regarding silicon metal smelter plant
The Minister of Industries and Innovation Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir signed the Investment Agreement on the construction of new state-of-the-art silicon metal smelter plant that will be located at Bakki in the northern part of Iceland close to Húsavík.
Iceland is a major stakeholder in relation to the management of various shared fish stocks in the North-East Atlantic. Icelandic fisheries management policy has for many years assured the sustainable utilisation of marine resources, unlike the EU common fisheries policy.Read more
In an article published today in The Wall Street Journal Europe Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson outlines Iceland's stance on the mackerel dispute, including key messages around the migration of the mackerel and the need to find a science based solution through diplomatic means. It also stresses Iceland's willingness to negotiate and find a fair solution.Read more
We are disappointed to see that the EU chose to impose sanctions on the Faroe Islands for its herring fisheries. We don't believe this is best way to settle these types of disagreements between friendly countries.Read more
Iceland continues to call for a fair, reasonable solution to the dispute over mackerel catch levels.Read more
Consulting Committee deliver it's recommendations regarding á subsea interconnector for electricity between Iceland and Europe to the Minister of Industry and Trade
Iceland attaches great importance to the principle of sustainable use of living marine resources as the sustainability of these resources is essential for the long-term prosperity of the country. Whaling in Icelandic waters is only directed at abundant whale stocks, North Atlantic common minke whales and fin whales, it is science-based, sustainable, strictly managed and in accordance with international law.Read more
“We were pleased to welcome EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki to Iceland last week to discuss the ongoing debate over mackerel fishing rights in the North Atlantic. At the meeting Iceland expressed its sincere willingness to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible in order to find a fair solution to this dispute ...
The management strategy for Iceland haddock is to maintain the exploitation rate at the rate which is consistent with the precautionary approach and that generates maximum sustainable yield (MSY) in the long term.Read more
The management strategy for Iceland saithe is to maintain the exploitation rate at the rate which is consistent with the precautionary approach and that generates maximum sustainable yield (MSY) in the long term.
Iceland Responds to One-Sided Decision by Marine Conservation Society Regarding Sustainable Mackerel Fishing
The following statement has been issued by Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, Minister of Industries and Innovation, Government of Iceland, in response to the Marine Conservation Society's decision to re-list Icelandic mackerel as a ‘fish to avoid'. The Marine Conservation Society's decision unfortunately does not factor in Iceland's continual requests for collaboration with other Coastal States (the EU, including Scotland, as well as Norway and the Faroe Islands) to set sustainable catch levels or its own 15 percent reduction in its 2013 mackerel catch.
RESPONSE TO EUROPEAN FISH COUNCIL MEETING, 14 MAY 2013 - Statement from Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, Minister of Industries and Innovation
With the European Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels today to discuss mackerel catch levels, Iceland continues to ask the Coastal States to return to the negotiating table to reach a fair solution to this dispute. Mackerel is a precious resource for Iceland and our fellow Coastal States, including the European Union, Norway and the Faroe Islands. We must work together to protect the mackerel stock through sustainable fishing levels based on collaborative scientific research.
Response to notification from the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) of formal investigation of Iceland's investment incentives scheme
Vacancy Announcement Position of Executive Secretary in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO).
Deadline for application is 15 May 2013.Read more
The Icelandic Ministry of Industries and Innovation today announced the country's 2013 fishing quota for mackerel, lowering the catch to 123,182 tons. This represents a 15 percent cut from the 2012 quota, in alignment with scientific recommendations from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), an international non-governmental organisation that promotes scientific research on the marine environment.Read more
In an article in in Wall Street Journal Steingrimur J. Sigfusson, Minister of Industries and Innovation says that we need a science-based solution that ensures a fair share for all and safeguards all parties' environmental and economic interests.Read more
The National Energy Authority of Iceland (NEA) has today finished processing two applications for licences for exploration and production of hydrocarbons in the Dreki Area. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in Norway has today, 3 December 2012, notified NEA of their decision to participate in both licences to a 25 % share in accordance with the agreement between Iceland and Norway.
Great interest in an electricity interconnection between Iceland and the Faroe IslandsRead more
The meeting between the Coastal States of Iceland, Norway, the Faroe Islands and the EU in London on the management of mackerel fisheries was inconclusive. The Icelandic delegation was lead by chief negotiator Sigurgeir Þorgeirsson and the round of talks took place on 22-24 October 2012.Read more
The Minister of Industries and Innovation, mr Steingrímur J. Sigfússon sent a letter to the World Wildlife Fund and the Iceland Nature Conservation Association ..........Read more