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2005 FISHING QUOTAS SET FOR NORTHWEST ATLANTIC.

The fisheries management board for the Northwest Atlantic agreed to regulate more fish stocks and develop more long-term protection plans at its annual meeting in Dartmouth, Canada, on September 13-17. The EU, the United States, Russia, Canada, Japan and 11 other countries held "very long and difficult negotiations" at the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) meeting to set the total allowable catches for 2005 (full list available at http://www.nafo.int/Info/News/quota.pdf). They also agreed that NAFO should set quotas and conservation measures for redfish, thorny skate and white hake in future.

NAFO said most fish stocks in the region are low, apart from yellowtail founder and northern shrimp in certain areas. The organisation's scientific council expressed concern about rising catches of cod. Over-fishing means the stocks will not be able to recover in some areas, it said. Greenland halibut is also estimated to be at its lowest observed level. Representatives from all member countries attended the meeting: Canada, Cuba, Denmark (for the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, European Union, France (for St Pierre et Miquelon), Iceland, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and the USA. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland will be represented by the EU from now on.

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