Panama Papers revelations to hit Iceland fisheries next

Fisheries are one of Iceland's most important industries.

Fisheries are one of Iceland's most important industries. Photo: Sigurður Bogi Sævarsson

Just weeks after Iceland’s political class was rocked by an exposé of dealings in offshore tax havens, journalists at Reykjavik Media are now preparing to blow the whistle on the country’s powerful fisheries industry.

The ‘Panama Papers’ documents leaked from law firm Mossack Fonseca reportedly contain names of individuals and companies in the Icelandic fishing industry and Reykjavik Media are working through the available data.

Details are to be published “soon”.

Mossack Fonseca offices in Panama.

Mossack Fonseca offices in Panama. Photo: AFP

Recent Panama Papers revelation have had a profound effect on Icelandic society, toppling the Nordic nation’s Prime Minister and sparking mass demonstrations in the capital Reykjavik.

Reykjavik Media is now using social media (link in Icelandic) to ask for the public’s assistance in gathering information on offshore companies linked to the Icelandic fisheries industry.

“Mossack Fonseca is just one of thousands of companies the world over offering offshore services,” the Facebook post reads. “We would like to take this opportunity to urge those with any information on offshore companies linked to the Icelandic fisheries industry to pass it on to Reykjavik Media.”

No exact date has been given for the release of this new information.

Jóhannes K. Kristjánsson, founder of Reykjavik Media.

Jóhannes K. Kristjánsson, founder of Reykjavik Media. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Heiðar Kristjánsson

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