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EU to increase anchovy catch in Bay of Biscay

July 7, 2010

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BRUSSELS—The European Union's executive wants to allow Spanish and French fisherman to catch some 30 percent of the anchovies in the Bay of Biscay over the next year, only months after it lifted a total fishing ban imposed because they were in danger of disappearing.

The EU allowed anchovy fishing in the region last December under pressure from the Spanish and French governments after banning it for four years.

It says scientists confirm that the number of anchovies is now "in a good state" and able to replenish itself from limited catches.

There is strong demand for the tiny strong-flavored fish which are salted and used widely in Mediterranean cooking.

EU fisheries ministers must authorize the plan to allow fishermen to catch some 15,600 metric tons from this month until the end of June 2011.

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