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Cornish Fisherman Lay Into Quotas

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 9:47am 28th February 2012.

Cornish fisherman tell the minister in charge they are being forced to dump tonnes of cod, because quotas are too small.

They are meeeting Richard Benyon during a visit to Newlyn.

Cod numbers have soared since stocks were protected five years ago.

That means trawlers can end up catching their entire monthly limit in a day.

Dave Bond from Looe says the system needs overhauling: "What used to be a twelve month, year round business has pretty much become totally reliant on me having a successful summer season. Because of the quotas in the winter, this boat is restricted so much, it's barely viable to be honest.

"There's very little quota and now they're turning round and saying with the new system 'you'll be able to go and buy quota'. Well, hold on a minute, why should we buy quota when that quota originally was dished out for free among the over ten metre boats."

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