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The first seafood caught off Japan's Fukushima coastline since last year's nuclear disaster went on sale yesterday, but the offerings were limited to octopus and marine snails because of persisting fears about radiation.

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EU ministers agree to ban fishing ships from throwing away their excess catch

EU ministers have agreed to ban fishing ships from throwing away their excess catch, a controversial practice that has seen millions of tonnes of edible fish thrown away since the introduction of strict EU fishing quotas forty years ago.

Fish oil does not aid memory loss

Omega-3 supplements do not appear to prevent mental decline in old age, a study review has shown.

EU council agrees to back fish discard ban

European politicians have agreed a commitment to ban the "discarding" of usable fish at sea, but were criticised for failing to take strong action to tackle overfishing.

European Commission hails fish stocks revival boost

Fishing fleets could net millions in extra income thanks to a revival in stocks of key species, the European Commission (EC) said today.

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It's not just the media getting into a frenzy over this weekend's jubilee. Our representatives in Parliament seem pretty excited too. Six Labour MPs have tabled an Early Day Motion, proposing that London Underground's Jubilee line be renamed the "Elizabeth Jubilee Line" to commemorate HRH's "exceptional 60 years".

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The White Swan Inn's dining room is an object lesson in refurb, with maroon walls, stone-flagged floor and room dividers in the form of folding screens

The White Swan Inn, Market Place, Pickering, North Yorkshire

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Alaska clears up tsunami debris

Teams of volunteers were heading to an uninhabited island in Prince William Sound near Anchorage yesterday to clean up debris washed out to sea by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami last year and sent by Pacific currents to Alaska.

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Can I commend to you an adjective I'd never encountered before? It's "skulduggerous" and the OED citation would run something like this: "2012 Roger Barton The Fish Market: Inside Billingsgate – 'I've never dealt with such a skulduggerous bunch in all my life and I've dealt with some real villains'."

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