Dave Bond has fished out of Looe for 36 years. He says EU quotas are taking their toll on the fleet.
Next year's quotas aren't quite as hard hitting as feared. But there are still reductions to sole, cod, haddock and plaice. Quotas for species like megrim and monkfish will stay the same.
Plymouth Fisheries manager Pete Bromley has warned that fishermen in the South West may still be forced out of the industry despite the Government securing what it claimed was a “fair deal” at European talks to agree new quotas.
The EU Fisheries and Agriculture Council meeting ended late last night. Whilst the outcome was not as devastating as initially feared, the long-term impact of the new deal would still have far-reaching negative effects.
A new agreement on fishing quotas and industry rules has left the West Country's fishermen concerned for their livelihoods.
The package for next year was signed off at the EU Fisheries and Agriculture Council following negotiations in Brussels. some proposed cuts to quotas were reduced. Fisheries Minister George Eustice was pleased with the result, and said it would lead to "sustainable fisheries and a strong UK fishing industry".
But the new rules will have a direct impact on fishing industries in the South West.
- There will be a 10 per cent cut to Channel plaice, which will have a big impact on Brixham, a lot of concern.
- Cuts to the white fishery - cod 26 per cent, whiting 14 per cent, haddock 12 pre cent - which will lead to more discards.
- For Newlyn’s net fishing things are looking better. They won’t have any cut in angler or megrim. And the hake quota is going up by 11 per cent.
- For the Bristol Channel, the Sole quota is being cut by 15 per cent.
- There is renewed concern about small boats. This year they ran out of quota in the Bristol Channel in October. The experts say they now expect it to be even worse in 2015.
Talks in Brussels are due to end this morning over proposed cuts to the amount of fish the Westcountry fleet can land.
Fishing leaders have described the proposals to remove as much as 12% of the total annual catch - worth an estimated £10 million to ports in Devon and Cornwall - as potentially devastating.
Plans to give smaller fishermen more quota rights went before the high court today.
The new proposals will see small producers be allowed to catch more.
Adrian Lester, who fishes in Plymouth, says he wants a fair share of the quota.
Plans to give smaller fishermen more quota rights will go before the high court today.
The big producers have asked for a judicial review of government proposals which would allow small scale producers to catch more.