There has been a broad welcome to an EU vote that paves the way for conservation measures imposed on inshore and island fishermen to be eased.
Efforts have been ongoing to remove and amend what many see as outdated and unworkable fishing constraints such as area and gear restrictions, which date back to 2009.
From January 1st inshore and island fishermen will be able to fish Haddock and Lesser Spotted Dogfish much closer to shore.
Northwest MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has been working on changing the current restrictions:
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