Icelandic fishing vessels prepare for the coming season. In the Reykjavik harbour after a busy?
Icelandic fishing vessels prepare for the coming season. In the Reykjavik harbour after a busy season, is the gunboat "Thor". Her skipper, Capt. Christofferson, came ashore, October 23, to report on 80 British trawler crossings of the disputed, extended 12-mile fishing limits round Iceland.
Throughout the last twelve months, since the extension of Iceland's territorial limits, British warships have guarded British trawlermen fishing up to 4 miles from the Icelandic coast.
Because of the country's dependence on fishing, - 97 per cent of her total exports conservation plans, necessitating the 12-mile limit, were made. The Icelandic Government claims these plans will be as beneficial both to foreign and home fishermen.
Legally, the Government said, Iceland may extend its fishing limits to 12 miles and more. It pointed out that Britain, refusing to recognise the extended limit, has a treaty with the USSR based on acceptance of 12-mile fishing limits in the White Sea.
Friction between the two countries has resulted in incidents other than on the high seas. British dockers refused to unload Icelandic fishing vessels in British ports and sick seamen from British trawlers were generally refused landing permission in Iceland. But John Wilson of the British weather-ship 'Observer' was allowed hospital treatment in Reykjavik, October 23.
During the Iceland General Elections, October 25, badges were on sale with the slogan: "The protection of the fishing rights - the future of our country". Proceeds from this sale will be spent on a helicopter to supplement Icelands inspection fleet of gunboats and two Catalina aircraft.
So as the fishermen mend their nets and repair their vessels in Reykjavik, Iceland, in Grimsby, U.K. they wonder how this coming season will go; whether the catch will be good; whether the gunboats and frigates will be chasing each other again.