Jersey

Jersey fishermen call for more say in fish quotas

  • 20 December 2012
  • From the section Jersey

Jersey should have more control over fishing quotas, the island's fisherman's association president has said.

European ministers are discussing quotas for 2013 which Jersey fisherman have to abide by.

Don Thompson said EU quotas had lost the island millions of pounds and had damaged its fishing fleet.

Quotas limit the amount of wet fish - such as cod, bass and ray - boats can catch to protect fish stocks.

All but a few fishing boats now only catch shellfish in Jersey, which is not subject to EU rules.

Mr Thompson said there should be more regional input in setting quotas.

He said: "We manage our shellfish very well down here and in that way we could see a resurgence of the fleet that fishes for wet fish. Sadly that part of the fleet has completely disappeared."

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