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3:30pm 18th December 2012
(Updated 3:30pm 18th December 2012)

Cornish fishing crews are waiting to hear how much they will be allowed to catch next year.

Officials are meeting in Brussels to set quotas.

It could mean more cuts to haddock and hake but an increase in sole.

Southwest MEP Graham Watson says too many boats are going after too few fish: "By 2015 we have to have a policy that will allow for the recovery of the fish stocks. It means that fishing boats will be setting out fewer days every year to be allowed to catch certain types of fish.

"It will affect the fishing industry everywhere. I hope it's done in such a way that if people are coming out of fishing we are offering them retraining opportunities and that we are allowing sustainable fishing to carry on."

But Pirate FM has learnt that some Duchy trawler crews are struggling so much, they have considered downgrading or selling up.

Dave Bond works out of Looe: "Because of the quotas in the winter, this boat is restricted so much it's barely viable to be quite honest. If it wasn't for my age, I'd be thinking about selling it or downgrading because it's not viable in the winter."

A decision on what crews can catch is due in the next few days.

3:30pm 18th December 2012

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