Iceland’s new fishing bill debated long into the night

The first Alþingi debate of the new bill on fisheries management ran on and on yesterday evening; not finishing until 03.30. The matter was referred to committee, which will be followed by another parliamentary debate.

Opposition MPs were highly critical of Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, who missed the debate due to being in Canada. They claimed it was a faux pas to miss the first debate of one of the year’s most important and controversial parliamentary bills. He was represented in the debate by Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Minister of Education; who is also acting fisheries minister in Steingrímur’s absence, Ví reports.

Among the dissenting voices speaking out against the bill were Jón Bjarnason, former fisheries minister and current coalition (Left Green) parliamentarian. He said the market viewpoint presented in the bill is too niche.

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