August 17th The International Tribunal in The Hague pronounced that the Icelanders did not have sovereignty over the areas between 12 and 50 miles. The Icelandic government protested and decided to take no notice of this decree.
September 1st the regulation on the extension of the fishing limit took effect. British ship owners asked in vain for battleship protection. Three West German tow vessels were sent to Iceland to prevent the apprehension of German trawlers within the limit.
September 5th the secret weapon of the coast guard, the trawl clippers, created havoc, when the trawler “Peter Scott” was relieved of its fishing gear. The crew threw coal, iron bolts and a fire axe at the coast guard vessel “Aegir”. Altogether 82 trawls were cut during the dispute.