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18th Sep 2019

Fishing quotas agreed for 2005

EU fisheries ministers have agreed quotas for 2005 after Joe Borg, the new European fisheries commissioner was forced to drop plans to close about one-fifth of the North Sea to trawlers.

The closure was intended to allow the recovery of depleted cod in the North Sea, Irish Sea and the West of Scotland.

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The ministers instead agreed to limit the time trawlers can spend at sea next year fishing for depleted species like cod.

Only Lithuania voted against the deal while Britain and France were among other EU governments with reservations, according to Reuters.

The Commission’s plans to close certain areas were widely opposed by fishermen.

Fish numbers are very low in some areas, scientists have repeatedly warned. The only solution to cod, hake and sole from dying out would be to ban fishing, they suggest.

Charlotte Mogensen, fisheries officer of the World Wildlife Fund, said after the late-night compromise: "This reflects poorly on the member states and their unwillingness to adopt such key measures in the name of fish-stock recovery. Only by massive increase in political will to solve the fisheries crisis are we likely to achieve recovery of depleted stocks".

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