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French anchovy the one that got away

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French anchovy the one that got away


French anchovy boats must hang out their nets to dry.

The season begun in June has ended prematurely.

The European Commission has called them back to port.

It says new data shows stocks in the Gulf of Gascoyne are too low to let the French fill their 500-tonne catch quota for the year.

The Spanish who they share these waters with have had their go.

But the scientific committee estimates there are less then 19,000 tonnes of anchovy in the Gulf, and that 28,000 is the minimum to give the fish a fair chance for survival.

The fishermen at least can apply for EU financial aid.

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