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Scrapping Boats Won't Save Sole

Sep 01,2007 SACN


SIX MORE TRAWLERS GO FROM SOUTH WEST FLEET

Rick Smith, chairman of Brixham Trawler Agents, said scrapping boats will not lead to stocks being preserved.

He said: "The problem is that in the 1990s the fleet got too large because they gave too many licences out.

"Since then they have been trying to cut tonnage and horsepower.

"One of the methods they have chosen is to scrap some of the large older vessels.

"But even though the boat is scrapped another boat can buy the quota, so you have another boat simply taking over the catch."

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