Subject: Fishing: Restriction on Tuna Drift Net (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Thu, 29 Jan 1998 12:44:25 -0500 (EST)


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Subject: Restriction on Tuna Drift Net

Restriction on Tuna Drift Net Fishing

  By Amanda Brown, Environment Correspondent, PA News
   The Government today acted to help save dwindling dolphin
populations by announcing changes to UK licences for tuna drift net
   Fisheries Minister Elliot Morley said the move would affect the
seas south-west of the UK.
   He said: "This is the first step towards ending the unacceptable
toll of dolphins in drift nets.
   "The UK is pressing for the agreement of other EU member states to
take similar immediate action as well as to agree to a phase-out."
   The new licence will apply to all UK vessels over 10 metres and
will prevent additional vessels joining the fleet pending EU agreement
to a phase-out.
   Mr Morley said that from February 1, the only UK vessels eligible
to fish for tuna using drift nets, for which a separate non
transferable licence will be required, will be those which did so in
either 1996 or 1997.
   "This will limit participation to a maximum of 10 vessels, and
some of these have been approved for a decommissioning grant which
they can take up by the end of February."