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£15m fishing industry protected by increased quotas

16 December, 2015 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has welcomed the announcement that fish quotas are to be increased by £1.2million.

 Mr Hazzard stated,

 “This increase, which will allow boats to land an extra 480 tonnes of prawns and 160 tonnes of haddock will help protect the industry which has been under threat for several years.

 “I would like to congratulate the Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill for negotiating a good deal for the fishing fleet in the North given that there was predictions of a reductions in the quotas from the European Commission.

 “I am delighted that the Minister has negotiated an exemption to the landing obligations which means that prawns that are too small for eating can be returned to the sea.  Not only will this protect the stock but will save fishermen bringing ashore produce that is basically worthless. 

 “The fishing industry is worth up to £15m to the local economy so it’s important that industry is supported and successive Sinn Féin Ministers have demonstrated over recent years they are prepared to fight for the needs of the local fleet.” 

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