Djúpivogur and the fight for the livelihood in small communities all over the world

The Icelandic fisheries policy, built on transferable quotas that follow the vessels, has secured that fishing is a thriving business in Iceland and  at the same time it has helped secure sustainable fishing. Or that is the official story. Video, Read more here 08:42

One Response to Djúpivogur and the fight for the livelihood in small communities all over the world

  1. DickyG says:

    Thank you for this concise and honest article and very well done video. I have spread it around to my fellow fishermen and fisheries advocates.

    Although not quite as concentrated as in your smaller villages, we are experiencing a similar disintegration of our local fleets and the consequent pressure on our support businesses and fishing communities from the privatization of the publically held fishery resource.

    We have lost 60% to 70% of the groundfishing vessels from our New England ports after the imposition of ITQs on our fishery in May of 2010.

    Although the colluding regulators and Environmental NGO proponents will claim that catch shares sectors do not comprise an ITQ system, that ruse is nothing but semantic legalese trickery to get around a Magnuson Stevens fishery Statute that requires a 2/3 referendum vote by permit holders before such a scheme can be foisted. A vote which would easily have thrown catch shares overboard.

    Catch shares aka ITQs have completely ruined an entire fishery and the regulators at NOAA are pushing for additional species to be privatized and commoditized.

    Good Luck and Keep on Keepin’ on.

    Dick Grachek
    F/V Anne Kathryn
    Port of Galilee, Rhode Island

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