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And Now the Shipping Forecast, By Peter Jefferson

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UK 'should be made to restock fishing waters'

The UK and other European countries must be forced by law to restock their seas to give the fishing industry a long-term future, the European Fisheries Commissioner demanded yesterday.

Webchat: The importance of ships to our island nation

Imagine what would happen if every ship on our seas suddenly vanished...what impact would that have on our island nation? Our ferry terminals, fishing ports and freight dockyards would fall silent and there would be no Royal Navy to protect our merchant ships and shores.

Aristocrats offer war veterans sanctuary

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MPs call for fishing quota change

The Government's approach to the trade in fishing quota has been criticised by a committee of MPs.

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