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EU sets sanction deadline in Iceland mackerel dispute

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's fisheries chief said she will decide by the end of the month whether to propose sanctions against Iceland in a row over mackerel quotas, which could see the island's fishermen banned from landing catches at EU ports. The warning on Monday by EU fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki came on the eve of a visit to Brussels by Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, who in May suspended Iceland's bid to join the 28-nation bloc, pending a referendum.

Iceland cuts mackerel quota but fails to meet EU demands

Icelandic officials said Monday that the country would cut its controversial mackerel fishing quota by 15 percent, but the EU nonetheless criticized the decision, saying the amount of fish to be taken remained "excessively high." Reykjavik and the EU are at odds over fishing rights, with a "mackerel war" heating up in late 2010 after Iceland unilaterally multiplied its catch quota.

Iceland lowers mackerel quota in spat with EU

STOCKHOLM, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Iceland has lowered its mackerel quota in a move that could ease the risk of the European Union barring Icelandic fishermen from its ports in a row over mackerel fishing. Iceland's industry ministry said the north Atlantic island would fish 15 percent less mackerel this year than in 2012, taking the catch to 123,182 tons, to help assure sustainability of the stock.
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