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White Fish Industry Could be Wiped Out

by 5m Editor
3 December 2008, at 12:00am

SCOTLAND, UK - Fisherman say a large section of the white fish industry will be wiped out if the latest proposals on conserving fish stocks go ahead.

Representatives of the industry are meeting the EUs Fishing Commissioner, Joe Borg, today in Brussels to highlight their concerns.

According to the IrishExaminer, they will be joined by three Fianna Fil MEPs, who maintain that the fish quota proposals for next year do not make sense. Billed as a crisis meeting, the fishing representatives say the cuts are not merited in many instances and in some others they query the way the commission arrived at their decision.

According to the news agency, their objections come ahead of the annual quota fixing meeting that begins on December 17 and normally lasts for three days during which countries try to get as much fishing quota for their industry as possible.

MEP Sean Neachtin has warned that under the present proposals fishing in the area north-west of Ireland and west of Scotland will be among those worst hit.

A member of the parliaments fisheries committee says the plan seeks to eliminate the fishing of white fish in this area, including cod, haddock and whiting.

5m Editor