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Small fishermen welcome lifeline from High Court

Coastal fishing fleets in the south-east - many of them facing financial crisis - were thrown a lifeline in an historic High Court ruling today.

Small-scale fishermen with boats under ten metres long are being handed some of the fishing quota currently held by the consortiums that control bigger vessels.

Meridian presenter Sangeeta Bhabra spoke to Jerry Percy from the fishermen's campaign group - the New Under Ten Fishermen's Assosiation. She began by asking him what the landmark ruling means for coastal fishing fleets in Kent and Sussex.

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Stamping out illegal fishing

Brighton Sea Life centre helping to end illegal fishing Credit: Meridian

Brighton Sea Life centre has teamed up with Portuguese scientists to try and combat fishermen who use cyanide to help with their catches. For the first time, the team at the Sea Life Centre will be able to find out if a fish has been exposed to cyanide without having to kill it.

Sea Life centre to tackle illegal fishing

Brighton Sea Life centre has teamed up with Portuguese scientists to try and combat fishermen who use cyanide to help with their catches. Using the poison is illegal in most countries although still widespread in parts of East Asia.

For the first time, the team at the Sea Life Centre will be able to find out if a fish has been exposed to cyanide without having to kill and dissect the fish first. It's hoped this work will help eradicate the practise.

TV chef's call to 'Save our fish' - full report

A celebrity chef led an army of frogmen and marine campaigners to Westminster today calling on the government to do more to create wildlife friendly zones around the UK.

127 areas off the English coast were recommended to the Government as being in need of protection. Along the south coast 17 zones were considered but only six made the shortlist, in the south east there were 14 but only five chosen. None of the zones around the Isle of Wight were selected.

Conservationists say dredging and trawling is damaging fish stocks - as Phil Hornby reports, speaking to Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall and fellow campaigners Tim May and Christine Chester.

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TV chef 'fighting for region's fish'

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall outside the Houses of Parliament today. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said it was "vital" that the Government did more to protect UK seas as he led hundreds of campaigners in a march to Westminster in London.

The presenter has urged ministers to increase the number of "marine conservation zones" after more than £8 million was spent on identifying 127 areas where dolphins, seahorses and other rare species most need protection - many zones covering the south east and southern shorelines.

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