Majority Opposes Lower Fishing Fees - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Majority Opposes Lower Fishing Fees

Published June 28, 2013

A survey undertaken by Fréttablaðið has found that 70.5% of the population opposes the Progressive Party-led government’s plan to reduce the fees charged to ship owners for their right to fish.
The survey, conducted on 26 and 27 June, found that 59% of those who had voted for the Progressive Party, that of new Prime Minster Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, oppose the party’s plan to reduce the fishing fee. 86% – 90% of Bright Future, the Left-Green Movement, and the Social Democratic Alliance supporters oppose the proposed reduction, Vísir report.
The only party to support reducing the fishing fee is the independence party. 60.5% of Independence Party supporters are in favour of the fee being cut.
Fisheries and quota owners have been generous financial contributors to the Progressive Party and the Independence Party, both of which comprise the current coalition government.
Fréttablaðið surveyed 800 people over the course of 2 days, with participants split evenly among genders and representative of the residential and age breakdown of the country.
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