Ban lifted on fish­ing quo­tas

The Oban Times - - News -

A BAN on the overseas trad­ing of skate and ray quo­tas has been lifted by the UK gov­ern­ment, to help the Scot­tish in­dus­try man­age its fish­ing ac­tiv­ity.

The in­dus­try had been lob­by­ing for the change to per­mit it to trade quo­tas with Bel­gium to al­low in­creased catch­ing of monk­fish.

The de­ci­sion comes af­ter a meet­ing of the Marine Man­age­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion last week, and it is based on the up­take of the ray and skate quo­tas be­ing lower this year than last. Up to 25 tonnes of skate and ray can now be traded in­ter­na­tion­ally. The po­si­tion will be re­viewed later in the year.

‘The Scot­tish fish­ing in­dus­try has been press­ing for this change,’ Sec­re­tary of State for Scot­land David Mun­dell said. ‘This is good news for the Scot­tish fish­ing in­dus­try, and I am re­ally pleased that the UK gov­ern­ment has been able to push this for­ward.’

Fish­eries, aqua­cul­ture and fish pro­cess­ing con­trib­ute £1.63 bil­lion to the UK econ­omy and em­ploy 34,600 peo­ple across the UK.

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