Inshore fishermen win sole boost Published: 11 February, 2005
INSHORE fishermen are set to benefit from substantial increases in
their monthly catch limits for two important sole stocks, the
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced
The catch limit for vessels under 10 metres fishing for sole in Area
VIIe (Western English Channel) will be increased from 200kg to 500kg
per month. In the North Sea the catch limit for sole will be
increased from 1t to 2t per month for April and May, after which the
level of the limit will be reviewed.
UK Fisheries Minister, Ben Bradshaw, said:
“This increase in catch limits shows that the Government is listening
to fishermen’s concerns about the management of fisheries around our
shores. Sole is an important stock and these increases will help to
meet the needs of inshore fishermen.”
The increases follow a review by Defra and other Fisheries
Departments of the catch limits for these vessels in light of the
2005 December Fisheries Council quota settlement.
Quota allocations for the under 10 metre fleet are managed by
Defra and the other Fisheries Departments in the UK in consultation
with industry. Monthly catch limits have been introduced for a small
number of under 10 metre fisheries where there would otherwise be a
risk of an early closure of the fishery before the end of the year.
Catch limits for North Sea Sole were introduced in August last year
after heavy landings. Wherever possible Fisheries Departments also
seek to gain additional quota for these vessels through quota
In recent years the North Sea sole fishery has been closed to the
under 10 metre fleet at the beginning of the year to help keep quota
back for the main fishing season. For 2005 the fishery will reopen
on 15 March 2005, two weeks earlier than in 2004.
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