Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Ministers haggle over fish quotas

Ministers haggle over fish quotas

EU ministers are meeting to set fishing quotas for 2007 amid renewed calls
for a total ban on catching cod.
The European Commission has recommended a 25% cut in cod and North Sea
herring catches, lower plaice and sole quotas, and a six-month ban on
anchovy fishing.

Scientists warned earlier this year that only a total ban on cod fishing
would enable stocks to recover.

Environmentalists have urged ministers to listen to the warnings and "change
course" on fisheries policies.

However, European Commission spokeswoman Mireille Thom told BBC Radio 4's
Today programme that it was also important to consider the fishing industry.

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