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Spanish Hake and Haddock Fishermen Await Committee Ruling

Michael Priestley
11 October 2013, at 1:00am

SPAIN The future of Hake and Haddock fishing off Spain's north coast remains in the balance until sufficient data can be processed to inform government rulings.

Fishermen using traditional ‘artisan’ net methods and sea-bottom trawler techniques are awaiting a select fishing committee review process to make their sector more sustainable.

Traditional Haddock businesses could face an alteration in harvest patterns, distributing catch across the whole fishing season.

This ‘rational quota’ is on hold until sufficient information can be processed from individual businesses, although is provisionally set to come into force on January 1 2014.

The ruling applies to the Haddock and Horse Haddock fishing grounds of enterprises in Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and Pais Vasco in the Cantabrico sea.

Meanwhile, Hake quotas for bottom long line and gillnet fishermen are set to be distributed across fleets, also by the fisheries committee.

Fisheries Minister, Carlos Dominguez said he intends to produce a new policy that meets the requirements of all Cantabrico stake holders.