EC quotas bad news for fishermen

5th December 2003, Comments 0 comments

5 December 2003, BRUSSELS – Belgian fishermen have reacted angrily to European Commission proposals to drastically reduce fishing quotas, saying the move could have a catastrophic effect on the sector.

5 December 2003

BRUSSELS – Belgian fishermen have reacted angrily to European Commission proposals to drastically reduce fishing quotas, saying the move could have a catastrophic effect on the sector.

The Commission announced that quotas would be placed on some species of fish deemed over-fished in the North Sea, notably plaice and sole.

Plaice and sole quotas are to be reduced by 40 and 15 percent respectively – both favourite catches for Flemish fishermen.

Cod is currently threatened with extinction in the North Sea due to over-fishing, and the Commission hopes that by reducing sole and plaice fishing, less co, as well as several other species, will be caught needlessly in fishing nets.

The proposal put forward by the Commission will first have to be approved by European agriculture ministers.

Subject: Belgian news

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