Undershoot on prawn quotas this year

November 8th, 2007

IT is looking increasingly unlikely that the UK’s West Coast and North Sea prawn quotas will be taken up this year.

Latest statistics show a West Coast uptake of 68.6% with the North Sea at 69% and the producers organization are predicting the likely uptake for the North Sea of around 85% and West Coast around 80%.

Mr Stevenson of the West of Scotland Fish Producers’ Organisation was quoted as saying that there was a prawn scarcity affecting the West Coast at present and the winter fishery off Shields had not happened this year which was a blow for North Sea uptake.

The first signs of over exploitation ?

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