~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Sat, 17 Jan 1998 13:13:00 GMT From: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.UVIC.CA> To: MARMAM@UVVM.UVIC.CA 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 fishing. 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."