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Accessing More Quota For Small Boat Fishermen - Industry Cooperation Delivers Net Results For Fishing Fleet
A pilot project, which has provided 26 percent more quota to small boat fishermen as well as helping to reduce discards, has been branded an unprecedented success by members of the Ramsgate Quota Group who have called on DEFRA to extend the project wider in 2014.
The issues surrounding the availability of quota for smaller boat fishermen have repeatedly hit the headlines over recent months, with a number of organisations and environmental groups challenging the volumes available for small boats.
Of the project, Eddie Temple, who has been a fisherman for more than 25 years, said: “Quota has always been a complicated issue which puts restrictions on when, where and what we fishermen can fish. Through this pilot project in Ramsgate we are able to be more in control of our businesses so we can decide when to go out and what we want to catch. This new flexibility has allowed us to operate more safely as we’re not forced out in bad weather conditions, and give us more independence in how we run our operations.”
The arrangement has been brokered by the NFFO, which represents fishermen’s groups, individual fishermen and producer organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and has been working to find fairer deals for small boat fishermen across the country.