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Campaign launched to claim back local fishing rights

West Country fisherman have learnt the scale of foreign dominance in fishing quotas; a Greenpeace investigation shows that 43% of the UK's fishing quota is held by foreign-controlled fishing businesses.

The 'Our Net Gain' campaign launched today urges the government to reclaim fishing quota for local, low-impact fishermen here in the UK, which , it is argued, would benefit coastal economies and marine life.

Foreign firms control 43% of the UK fishing quota. Credit: PA

Devon Council to lobby ministers over transport

Officials from Devon County Council will today lobby government ministers over improved road and rail links to the region.

They want assurances about strengthening the rail line around Dawlish, creating a new line inland, and upgrading the A303 - though one Somerset MP says this should not include the Blackdown Hills.

The line was badly damaged at Dawlish during last winter's storms. Credit: PA


End of an era for Plymouth pasty firm

The Ron Dewdney pasty shop in Plymouth has been sold back to the Dewdney family Credit: ITV News

It's the end of an era in Plymouth today as after 60 years Ron Dewdney pasties stop production. The shop has been sold back to the Dewdney family and its chain of Ivor Dewdney stores.

In Plymouth, it's said you're either a 'Ron' or an 'Ivor' person. Ron pasties are slightly larger than Ivor's and have a different taste to the pastry.

Well they wouldn't have made a cake to say goodbye, now would they? Credit: ITV News

Man from MMO defends his organisation over quotas

The man in charge of statistics at the Marine Management Organisation has been defending his organisation over claims it's putting north Devon fishermen out of business.

The MMO has imposed a ban on catching skate and rays - which make up nearly three quarters of the normal catch in the Bristol channel - until the end of the year.

Kevin Williamson says it has no choice because the national allocation for England - known as quota - has been used up, and there would be penalties for exceeding it:

MP demands inquiry over fishing quotas

A Devon MP has today demanded an inquiry into the body that regulates fishing quotas.

Geoffrey Cox is accusing the Marine Maritime Organisation of incompetence and says the way it records fish stocks is a joke.

He's been speaking after the sudden ban on landing skate and ray, which make up 70% of the catch off north Devon. The industry there has now collapsed.


Environment Sec to look at dairy farmers' problems

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss at the recent Conservative Party Conference Credit: PA

The Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss is chairing a meeting this lunchtime to discuss the pressures facing dairy farmers.

Some say the price they are paid for their milk has been cut by as much as 20% in the past six months and, in some cases, is falling below the cost of producing it.

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