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Fishermen out in protest.

FISHERMEN gathered outside the ministry of agriculture yesterday in protest after hearing that licences had been granted for fishing with encircling nets, which would mean bigger catches for some while others used more traditional, a and smaller netting.

While the protests were going on, Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis had a meeting with representatives of the Cyprus Association of Professional Fishermen's Coastal Fisheries and representatives of all rural organisations and officials on the matter.

"We got somewhere with the associations during the meeting today. I have informed them that we will study the issue, and the department of fisheries and marine research have been given instructions to carry out a detailed study concerning the topic. We will also meet again tomorrow to continue the discussion and I have stated that they will be aware of every movement and effort made in the direction towards the decisions made in the next few days," Kouyialis said.

Kouyialis also said that he had also ensured the representatives that h would not allow the fishermen's earnings to be compromised, not even by one euro. He was referring to the 450 people who have a professional license for fishing.

"My job is to protect and assist the fishermen to prosper and to prove them with better fishing conditions," Kouyialis added.

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Date:May 31, 2013
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