Whiting plan to help small vessels – Fishupdate.com

Whiting plan to help small vessels Published:  06 September, 2007

AN emergency plan to help hard-hit fishermen on England’s North East and Yorkshire coasts was announced today by the Marine and Fisheries Agency.

A scheme which allows vessels of under 10 metres in length to lease quota has been extended to include North Sea whiting.

It will mean around 150 boats on the north east coast can access new quota above what they may under their monthly catch limits.

The price to lease North Sea whiting quota from producer organisations is around £75 per tonne and the current market price on landings of whiting is about £700 a tonne.

The emergency measure was agreed by the UK Fisheries Administrations in recognition of the exceptional pressures faced by the inshore fleet in Yorkshire and the North East of England.

The MFA said today that Fisheries Administrations will continue to seek more quota for the under 10 metre fleets by domestic and international swaps and through quota donations under the economic link licence condition.

Earlier this summer the North Sea cod fishery was closed to the under 10 metre fleet because fishermen had caught their allocation of cod quota.

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