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Possible ban for inshore trawling

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Sea Fisheries want the support of the local fishing industry

Sea Fisheries wants the support of the local fishing industry to ban boats from pair trawling inside Bailiwick of Guernsey waters.

A review is under way into regulations aimed at safeguarding the future of the inshore fishing fleet.

Sea Fisheries would prefer to ban pair trawling in the three nautical mile territorial limit.

But it wants to know if island fishermen would forego their right to pair trawl as a conservation measure.

In the consultation document Sea Fisheries identified sustainability, profitability and safety as their main concerns with pair trawling inside the limit.

Alderney, Sark and Guernsey have their own similar fisheries legislation but vessel licences for pair trawling are controlled by Sea Fisheries for the whole Bailiwick.



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