Bréf til Dr N. Grandy, Executive Officer

Samtök eigenda sjávarjarða.
(Association of Coastal Property Owners)
PO Box 90,
780 Hornafjördur,
Iceland.

Dr N. Grandy,
Executive Officer,International Whaling Commission,
The Red House,
135 Station Road,
Impington,Cambridge,
U.K. CB4 9NP

4th February 2003.

Dear Dr Grandy,
Re: Fishing and whaling rights and the ownership of Icelandic waters and the living resources in them.

By way of information, we take the liberty of sending you a copy of a letter that we have sent to Dr Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries at the European Commission.  As the letter states, not all ownership rights in Iceland’s ocean jurisdiction (economic zone) or fishing rights (including whaling rights) are held by the Icelandic State; some of these rights are owned by individuals (coastal property owners), according to Icelandic law and these waters and common marine resources have not been divided among the owners.  Icelandic state officials have no agency mandate or authority concerning these private properties.

We should like to ask the Board of the International Whaling Commission to take this into consideration in any discussions it may have in this area with representatives of the Icelandic state.

Yours sincerely,
On behalf of the Icelandic Association of Coastal Property Owners,

_________________________
Ómar Antonsson, Chairman.

Enclosed:
Letter, dated 7th November 2002 to Dr Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, European Commission.

Copies sent to:
Professor Bo Fernholm, Chairman,  International Whaling Commission.The Althing’s Standing Committee on Fisheries, Alþingi, 150 Reykjavík.Mr Guðni Ágústsson, Minister of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Sölvhólsgötu 2, 150 Reykjavík.Mr Davíð Oddsson, Prime Minister. Prime Minister’s Office, Stjórnarráðshúsinu, 150 Reykjavík.Mr Halldór Ásgrímsson, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Rauðarárstíg 25, 150 Reykjavík.Mr Árni Matthíasson, Minister of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Skúlagötu 4, 150 Reykjavík.

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