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Angling Charter Vessels to Face Decommissioning?

Feb 07,2008 SACN


In a story in this week's Fishing News (the weekly newspaper that serves the UK commercial Fishing Industry) Jonathan Shaw (the Fisheries Minister) announces that he is to consider a multi-million pound decommissioning scheme designed to take out over-capacity from the inshore fleet which is struggling to survive as quotas for the sector fail to support the number of vessels competing for the limited resource.

At the same time he announced a project to look at the 'footprint' of the inshore fishing boats.

What is remarkable is that the project will also apply to angling charter vessels.

Fishing News reports:

"The aim of the project is to measure the 'environmental footprint' of commercial fishing vessels and charter angling boats targeting groundfish (eg cod, sole and nephrops) in inshore waters off England.

DEFRA plans to limit the project to commercial fishing vessels at first.

It will consider extending the pilot project to charter sea angling vessels after a review of the project by CEFAS after six months."



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