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Abandonment Of Automatic Quota Reduction

SCOTLAND, UK - The Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) has welcomed the announcement by EC Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki in Luxembourg that the Commission intends to ditch the automatic mechanism where quotas are cut by 25 per cent for stocks where there is inadequate data on their status.

SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: "This is a triumph of common sense and we welcome this announcement from the Commissioner to abandon the automatic quota reductions for data deficient stocks. It was a blunt instrument that was totally unfair in its implementation and we are pleased that the Commissioner has recognised the universal chorus of disapproval for the scheme.

"It is unfortunate, however, that this statement of intent has come too late to change the current quota proposals on the table for 2012, which includes large cuts for data deficient stocks such as megrim and monkfish."

the Fish Site Editor

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