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A victory for Sussex inshore fishermen after change in UK fishing quota system
10:30am Friday 12th July 2013 in News
An environmental group is urging the government to push ahead with a major shake-up of the UK fishing quota system.
In a landmark ruling on a legal battle for the control of the UK fis6hing quota the High Court backed the government’s decision to redistribute some of the unused fishing allowances held by the industry heavyweights to small inshore fishing boats – a decision backed by Greenpeace.
The court rejected all three grounds on which the industry lobby challenged the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, including a claim that fishing quotas cannot be taken away from the current holders because it’s private property.
The amount of quota that can be reallocated as a direct result of the ruling and which covers species like cod, sole and herring will now go into a common pool shared by small-scale fishermen in different parts of the UK, including Sussex.
Greenpeace ocean campaigner Ariana Densham said: “This ruling is a great victory not just for small-scale fishermen, but for anyone who cares about the future of our seas and coastal communities.
“The judge has demolished the arguments used by the fishing barons to justify their stranglehold on Britain’s fish.”
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