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BBC Scotland's Andrew Anderson reports
"Hundreds lost their jobs when the Icelanders won a 200 mile limit around their fishing grounds"
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Friday, 28 July, 2000, 18:41 GMT 19:41 UK
Compensation for cod war victims
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Fishing limits put up to 4,000 fishermen out of work
By the BBC's Brian Milligan

Thousands of fishermen, who lost their jobs as a result of the 1970's cod wars, are to be compensated by the government.

Up to 4,000 men from fishing ports in England and Scotland were put out of work when the Icelanders declared new fishing limits.


There's thousands of others whom nobody wants to know. They're dying off. It's a tragedy

Tom Jacombe
The skirmishes between British trawlers and Icelandic gunboats became known as the Cod Wars.

A quarter of a century later, the government has agreed to pay up to 20,000 per fisherman.

The news was welcomed by Tom Jacombe, a former Grimsby trawlerman. He said: "I was fortunate. I got a job ashore. But there's thousands of others whom nobody wants to know. They're dying off. It's a tragedy."

Ongoing campaign

Dollie Hardie, a 79 year-old pensioner, led the fight for compensation for more than 25 years.

She said she was pleased but pledged to continue to campaign for other fishermen who've lost their jobs more recently.

"This country has done our fishermen down. They've given all their rights to European fishermen," she said.

Stephen Byers, the Trade and Industry Secretary, said that the government recognized that an injustice had been done.

"Given the exceptional circumstances in which they lacked basic employment protection, we intend to remedy this by establishing a new scheme of compensation," he said in a Commons written reply.

He said that any former distant trawlerman with two years' continuous service would be able to claim under the scheme.

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