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Major shake-up for fishing system

A ruling could be made today to make the UK fishing system more equal to help small fisheries.

The court has backed the government's decision to redistribute unused fishing allowances to small inshore fishing boats.

Small-scale fishermen have access to only four per cent of the fishing quota despite making up three quarters of Britain's fleet.

Fisheries minister Richard Benyon's decision to shift unused fishing quota from one sector of the fleet to another in its first serious attempt to tackle the imbalance in the commercial fishing rights.

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Flotilla of boats for Weymouth fishermen

The Purbeck Isle sank 10 miles south of Portland Bill Credit: ITV Meridian

Family and friends of the three fishermen who died when their boat sank off the coast of Weymouth have sailed to the wreck site. David McFarlane, 35, Jack Craig, 21, and Robert Prowse, 20, failed to return on May 17th. The body of Skipper, David McFarlane was found the following day.