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Anxious Wait for South Dorset's Fishermen

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3:30pm 20th December 2012

Major cuts to fishing quotas in the UK have been avoided, BUT the future Weymouth and Portland's fleet’s remains uncertain.

Ministers have hailed an EU fisheries deal on catches for 2013 as good for the fishing industry and good for "the health of our seas".

But no details have been announced on catch quotas for smaller fleets in the South West yet.

If they're cut, it could mean fewer fishing boats working from Weymouth and Portland.

Chairman of the Weymouth and Portland Fisherman and Boatman's Association, David Pittman , says everyone is struggling at the moment; "The weather this year has been poor wehich hasn't helped things. What could happen is, you turn up for work one day and the captain says we don't need you today, and you go home with no work and now pay. We don't want any cuts to quotas really."

A statement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: "The UK government has secured a deal that is good for both the health of our seas and the UK fishing industry at this year's annual round of fisheries talks."

Local fishermen expect to find out any quota cuts early next year.

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