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UK government pledges to obtain a fishing quota fair deal

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Staff writer ▼ | December 16, 2014
The UK government expressed its intention to lobby in order to make "a fair deal" on fishing quotas for its fishing industry at this year's December Council.
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At the meeting, it will also seek to ensure next year's total allowable catches (TACs) take into account the pelagic stocks subject to the discard ban, which comes into force in January 2015.

"I'm committed to supporting our world class fishing industry and will be aiming to deliver a fair deal for our fishermen across the UK. To do this we'll be using the best and most up to date science available to make the right decisions for our stocks and fishing fleets that depend on them," pointed out UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice.

For months the UK government has held meetings with fishermen, devolved administrations and environmental NGOs to discuss priorities in order to represent the entirety of UK fisheries and secure the best possible deal at December Council.

"I will be representing the entirety of UK fisheries to achieve our shared goals of a thriving fishing industry, sustainable fish stocks and a healthy marine environment. Setting annual quota ensures the sustainability of our stocks and is a vital process to support the long term future of the industry," stressed minister Eustice.

In addition, the minister has held bilateral meetings with the head of the EU Commission of Maritime Affairs and the Environment Karmenu Vella, the Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss and Scottish Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead to secure reforms to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) so regional differences are taken into account in decision making.

Moreover, the minister welcomed the agreements so far reached as "an encouraging sign" for UK fisheries.