Low whiting and cod stocks stop haddock fishery

A good catch of Haddock (Photo John Rafferty Photography)

A good catch of Haddock (Photo John Rafferty Photography)

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Low cod and whiting stocks mean a local haddock fishery cannot be permitted, according to the Fisheries Minister.

Michelle O’Neill said the tiny quotas for cod and whiting are too small to cover the landing of those species in a full blown haddock fishery.

“A haddock fishery can only be permitted if there is enough quota to cover the by-catch.

“Until these stocks recover it is inevitable that the Irish Sea haddock quota will not be fully taken,” she explained.

 

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