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Strong results for Scottish fisheries

Staff Writer | December 15, 2016
The Scottish fishing industry will benefit from deals set to deliver additional fishing opportunities worth around £47 million, Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed.
Scottish fishing
Scotland   Increased fish quotas
The overall package which concluded at December Council included increased fish quotas for 16 out of 23 key Scottish stocks, such as cod, saithe and mackerel.

Deals negotiated in Brussels over the past two days included strong increases of £12 million for Norway lobster and £5 million for monkfish.

Significant wins from this year’s talks also included an extra 1,500 tonnes of Arctic cod quota coming to the UK following an increase at the EU/Norway talks.

This particular measure in the package was secured following several meetings between Mr Ewing and the UK’s Fisheries Minister in the run-up to the December talks and was a key concession wrought from the UK Government by the Scottish Fisheries Secretary.

This will be available for swaps with other countries to bring in additional quota of stocks that may be running short in the North Sea such as cod, haddock, whiting and saithe which is particularly important with more stocks coming under the discard ban in 2017.

The talks also secured extra flexibility around where vessels are able to fish. This will remove current constraints around fishing for northern shelf haddock, and provide more choice over fishing grounds, resulting in reduced costs for vessels.