Greenland and Faroe Islands want independent fishing rights – The Post

Greenland and Faroe Islands want independent fishing rights

Climate change is making the oceans warmer and large shoals of fish head to the north to colder waters (photo: Istock)
July 2nd, 2015 4:30 pm| by Lucie Rychla

Top ministers from the Faroe Islands and Greenland want to renegotiate their country’s rights to act independently of Denmark when it comes to fishing.

They plan to discuss this issue with the newly-appointed Danish prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, at the summer’s national assembly, Politiken reports.

Currently, Denmark represents all three countries in international negotiations about fishing quotas.

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Main industry in Greenland and Faroes
Due to climate change, the oceans are getting warmer and large shoals of fish are streaming north, seeking colder waters.

In Greenland and the Faroe Islands, fishing is the main industry and the two countries want to increase the amount of fish they are allowed to catch.

However, the same goes for other European as well as Asian countries, who all want to get their share in the new big fishing areas in the North Atlantic and eventually, as the ice melts, near the North Pole.

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Not sustainable for anyone
Karl Kristian Kruse, Greenland’s fishing minister, believes the Danish government will “look favorably on the request”, while his Faroese colleague, Jacob Vestergaard, is not as optimistic.

Nevertheless, Vestergaard agrees the current system is not sustainable for any of the three countries.