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Danish government under fire thanks to 'fish quota kings'

Staff Writer |
Denmark’s opposition Social Democrats as well as environmental organisations have strongly criticised irregularities in the management of fisheries quotas by the Danish government, after it called for criminal investigations into a number of fishing companies and so-called “quota kings”.

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The National Audit Office (Rigsrevisionen) published earlier this week a damning report of the Ministry of Environment and Food’s management of fishing quotas dating back to the early 2000s, taking in several ministers and both Liberal and Social Democrat-led governments.

Administration of transferable fishing quotas by the ministry failed to prevent a limit on the number of so-called “quota kings”, the report said, The Local reports.

The report also states that the Ministry's inadequate management of quota ownership has resulted in several fishermen exceeding their catch quotas.

The administration was “highly criticisable,” the Audit Office wrote.

According to the report, the ministry used incomplete data over a number of years along with incorrect registrations of quota transactions and ownerships.

In a report published by broadcaster DR last Wednesday, the Audit Office was said to have concluded “a series of instances which do not just indicate insufficient administration by the ministry, but also illegalities”.

The 2002 fisheries reform implemented transferable fishing quotas in an initiative aimed at preventing overfishing.


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