UK ministers claim victory in fish-talks battle over days at sea

By Keith Findlay in Brussels

Published: 18/12/2013

UK ministers emerged triumphant from end-of-year fish talks in Brussels last night, having successfully fought off swingeing cuts in days at sea.

It is the second year in a row they have managed to avert a potentially devastating loss of fishing time for boats working in the North Sea and off the west coast of Scotland.

Scottish industry leaders also hailed the deal as an important victory, but remained cautious about the prospects for the fleet with many battles still ahead.

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