Danes Angry Over Illegal Catches Fishing Monthly Published: 11 December, 2002
DISCOVERIES of Danish industrial catchers with illegal white fish catches on board could make negotiations over the EUs future fisheries policy particularly difficult for Denmark, according to Danish sources.
The incidents have been criticised heavily in Denmark by many in the fisheries sector.
And Danish politicians and fisheries organisations fear that this could weaken Denmarks position in next weeks deciding negotiations regarding EUs common fisheries policy.
The Danish industrial fisheries have for many years been strongly criticised by other EU countries and this case has given critics new verbal ammunition for the upcoming negotiations in Brussels.
Chairman of the Danish Fisheries Industry and Export Association, Peder Hyldtoft said that he did not think the effect of the situation should be underestimated: It is very stupid to put the focus on ourselves in such a way.
Bent Rulle, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association also strongly disapproved , but pointed out that on the positive side, it shows that Denmarks control measures work. In other EU countries it is far from as efficient.