People look at tuna fish caught in the waters off Greenland being loaded at the harbour in Nuuk, Greenland, on September 28, 2014. / AFP / Leiff Josefsen
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The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has told all U.S. vessels they are prohibited from fishing in the region from January 1 until new licences are issued.Nearly 40 U.S. vessels usually work in the region and are estimated to catch U.S.$300-$400 million worth of tuna annually. The U.S. industry agreed in August to buy 5,000 "fishing days", but when some companies said they could not afford their share, the U.S. government asked the FFA in November to take back 2,000 days.The island nations refused, saying they warned the United States in August they did not need so many days and that the U.S. had gone ahead and booked them.
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