Inshore fishermen win sole boost – Fishupdate.com

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

today.

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

“swaps”.

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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