Govt satisfied with latest deal on EU fish quotas

The Government has expressed satisfaction with the latest deal on EU fish quotas negotiated during lengthy talks in Brussels overnight.

The Government has expressed satisfaction with the latest deal on EU fish quotas negotiated during lengthy talks in Brussels overnight.

The annual talks took place amid ongoing scientific warnings about over-fishing, which is still threatening the extinction of certain species, particularly cod.

The Government says it held its line on quotas of monkfish, prawns and haddock, which are all important to the Irish fishing industry.

Cod stocks are still being replenished, so the ban on cod is still in place.

However, Ireland has secured an increase for hake and plaice off the south-west coast and haddock in the Rockall area, as well as a 24% increase in allowances for certain types of mackerel.

Junior Agriculture Minister John Browne says the negotiations were tough, but Irish fishermen should be reasonably happy.

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