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Date published: 2007/12/19

The BBC says:

European Union fisheries ministers are to allow fishermen to catch more cod in the North Sea, against the recommendations of environmentalists.

The quota for North Sea cod was increased by 11% under a deal reached after a marathon night of negotiations on fishing quotas for 2008.

In other sectors, quotas for cod were reduced, but not by the 25% urged by the European Commission.

However, there will be a cut in the number of days fishermen spend at sea.

They argue current restrictions are already decimating their industry.

Details of the deal are still emerging, but ministers said measures to be taken would include moves to reduce catches of unwanted fish.

The last point is the key. There is an obscene amount of fish killed that cannot be used. The EU should be sorting that first and foremost.

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