Still plenty of haddock around Published: 28 September, 2006
It seems even more unlikely that the North Sea haddock quota will be netted this year.
Estimates now put the uptake of the North Sea haddock quota at 58% of entitlement, backing the view that the full quota will not be taken.
This is in sharp contrast to fears at the beginning of this year that the 13.2% cut in availability would mean an early closure of the fishery with dire consequences for fishermen and processors alike.
However, industry sources are now saying that it is unlikely that the quota balance of around 40% can be netted by the end of the year.
One significant factor which has restrained catching, has been the number of white fish vessels which have diverted to offshore oil industry work, a move originally designed to ease pressure on what was initially looked on as a severely depleted haddock catching quota.
However while haddock looks set to last, North Sea saithe catchig is up to 85% of entitlement already.
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