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Fish talks

ORKNEY is playing host to international talks to resolve a fishing agreement between the European Union and Norway for 2013.

The Kirkwall meeting runs from Wednesday and Friday and is being jointly hosted by the Scottish government, Orkney Islands Council and the Orkney Fisheries Association.

Discussions will aim to review and revise management plans on how the shared stocks of cod, herring and saithe are sustainably fished. Officials and scientists from seven EU member states – the UK, France, Poland, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, and Denmark – are attending the talks, with a total of more than 30 people taking part.

Fishing secretary Richard Lochhead said: “This meeting will set the foundations for decisions on quota and fishing opportunities for three important stocks – cod, herring and saithe – which EU and Norwegian fishermen both rely on.”

The talks will lay the groundwork for the end of year discussions that will set quotas for 2013. 

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