The Faroe Islands will restrict Russian ships’ access to ports

Russian ships’ access to Faroese ports will be restricted.

The Faroese government writes this on its website on Thursday.

Only Russian ships that fish under a disputed fishing agreement between Russia and the Faroe Islands will be allowed to dock in Faroese ports.

This means that Russian ships may only transship approximately 100,000 tonnes of sea fish, which they fish in Faroese waters.

It appears from a press conference with the Faroese captain, Aksel V. Johannesen, on Thursday. This is written by the Faroese media Kringvarp Føroya according to DR.

This is far less than the 400,000 tonnes that have been transhipped recently. The 400,000 tonnes includes both fish caught in Faroese waters and international waters.

Russian ships will also not be allowed to be repaired in Faroese ports. It was also announced at the press conference, Faroese journalist and political commentator Árni Gregersen reports to DR.

However, there is an exception if it is an emergency situation.

In the autumn, the Faroese government will decide whether the controversial fishing agreement with Russia should be extended.

The fisheries agreement has existed since 1977 and is renegotiated every year.

Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, both politicians in Denmark and the EU had advised against the Faroe Islands entering into the agreement this year.

But the Faroese government still entered into an agreement with Russia.

The agreement means that the Faroe Islands get a quota to fish for cod and haddock in the Barents Sea.

Conversely, Russians will have the opportunity to fish for herring and mackerel in Faroese waters and reload the catch in Faroese ports.

When the fisheries agreement was concluded last November, the then Minister of Fisheries, Árni Skaale, who represents the conservative party Fólkaflokkurin, told Jyllands-Posten:

– In the Faroe Islands, we distance ourselves completely from any kind of war – including from the war in Ukraine. But for us, this agreement is about much more than fishing.

He said, among other things, that the agreement is also about taking care of the fish stocks, employment and about the survival of small fishing communities.

The Faroe Islands have since had a new government.


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