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Warning Over Quota Cuts for Cornish Crews

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7:10am 21st December 2012
(Updated 7:10am 21st December 2012)

There is a warning Cornwall's fishing industry could face extinction because of fresh quota cuts.

Europe has announced it wants to cut haddock limits in half.

It is feared that will put some boats out of business.

But they will be allowed to catch more of some species, including plaice.

The fisheries minister is branding the system "crazy" but says he got the best deal he could for the health of the seas and for fishermen in the Duchy.

Bob Broderick has been fishing out of Newquay for more than fifty years. He said: "It's ridiculous. They catch the fish and chuck it away dead. If all the boats are on it and leave nature alone, if they overfish it there's always enough left to respawn it and the stocks would be back within four to five years.

"The fishing is gradually disappearing so what else is going to be left? I know the young boys in Newquay and my advice to them is not to bother - go and get a trade. But this is wrong - all they want to do is fish. But they're being pushed out pretty badly now."

But Jim Portus from the Southwest Fish Producers Organisation said it could turn out to be worth hundreds of thousands to the Duchy: "Our fishermen in my organisation will be landing an extra 200 tonnes of plaice next year. That means the increases they've got for Dover sole and plaice should add around a million pounds to the economy of the region."

But he admitted it could mean more dead fish have to be thrown back: "When they've got haddock mixed up with the cod, the pollock and the whiting in the net they have no choice. You can't put a sign on the net saying, 'Breeding stock please avoid these nets.'"

7:10am 21st December 2012

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