Benyon hails cod quota decision

Discussions to decide quotas for trawlermen for the coming year have been hailed a success by Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon after they were kept at the same level.

Commercial fishermen faced the prospect of a 20 per cent cut on the amount of cod they could catch in the North Sea but that threat has now been removed.

In a further boost for the industry, trawlers will now be able to catch 15 per cent more haddock in the area.