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Local inshore fishermen are celebrating after winning a High Court battle to give a greater share of fishing quotas to smaller boats.
Currently around 95 per cent of Britain's fishing rights are in the hands of big vessel owners.
Campaigners say today's ruling is a victory for the little man and will help a struggling industry. But opponents argue the reallocation could cause problems.
"What we have to do as ministers in Government is to make sure that we allocate what fishing opportunities there are fairly.
"This was unused quota which was consistently unused. There was a real need for it within the inshore sector and I made the decision because that's what I saw as my job and I'm glad the court has backed me up."
Small scale fishermen in the region are celebrating after the High Court upheld a decision to re-allocate fishing quotas.
The UK Association of Fish Producer Organisations had challenged a decision by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to redistribute "fixed quota allocations" who own vessels greater than 33ft (10m) to boats that are 33ft (10m) or under.
The case is being seen as a historic test case over who "owns" and controls UK fishing quotas.
Environmental pressure group Greenpeace fought a joint campaign with the New Under Ten Fishermen's Association for greater priority to be given to small boats on the grounds that they used "more sustainable fishing methods".