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Caithness News Bulletins March 2004
Designated Port Fish Landing Status For Wick 3 March 04
Four fishing ports will be added to the list of those designated for haddock landings.
Haddock can now be landed at Scottish ports of Whitehills, Wick, Arbroath and Macduff by vessels with special haddock permits under EU arrangements introduced earlier this year.
The addition of these ports brings the total number of designated haddock landing ports to 23 and ensures the continuation of tradition within the four communities.
Speaking at the Rural Development
Committee, Deputy Fisheries Minsiter Allan Wilson said:
“Under the arrangements secured, vessels
must have a special haddock permit to gain access to additional quota for
fishing for this species in the North Sea. When fishing with a permit the
catch must be landed at specific designated ports.
Fishermen will be notified in writing once arrangements have been finalised. Vessel masters who hold a haddock permit will then be free to land at any of the 23 ports specified as haddock ports provided that they give the required notice of four hours.
Rob Gibson SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands has welcomed the Scottish Executives announcement that Wick harbour is to become a designated Port for landing haddock. Others ports included in the latest deal are Whitehills, Arbroath
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