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There's no getting round it: the National Fishing Heritage Centre has an image problem. For a start, it's in Grimsby - the sole tourist attraction in a town whose very name speaks dourness. And then, well, fish and fishing have never been the sexiest of subjects.

European Court to rule on UK fishing controls: Limit on trawlers' days at sea faces two-year delay

A LEGAL attempt by fishermen to outlaw the Government's planned restrictions on the number of days their boats can spend at sea was yesterday referred to the European Court in Luxembourg by the High Court.

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DRUG SMUGGLERS are using the latest satellite navigation technology to operate large-scale offshore drugs warehouses, Customs investigators in Ireland believe, following the discovery off the Cork coast of the third major sea dump in European waters in just over 12 months.

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Fishermen who can no longer make a living from the sea are burning their boats. The first of nearly 30 Ulster trawlers has been destroyed in compliance with an EC scheme to preserve fish stocks. The owners will claim compensation for 'decommissioning' their boats.

Fishing Lines: Why they are no longer slaying our tuna

A RECENT conference in New York called for drastic measures to protect the world's declining stocks of bluefin tuna, or tunny. With annual catches said to be 50 per cent of the breeding population, tunny are now rarer than the common dolphin, which tuna fishermen have been urged to protect.

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TRAWLERMEN netted more than 40kg of cannabis with a street value of pounds 50,000 from the seabed off the Dyfed coast near Milford Haven. It was the third drugs find made by men on the Achernar, a Brittany-based trawler, at the same spot in a fortnight.

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An American nuclear submarine which snagged the nets of a fishing boat and dragged it backwards in the Irish Sea broke safety rules for the area, the US said.

Sailing: America's Cup plays fair at last: Stuart Alexander on a rule change that will bring hope to challengers

Few people predicted it would ever happen, but this week in San Diego should see a major change in the America's Cup rules which happily would boost the chances of Britain winning back what it lost in 1851. Unfortunately, all the other challengers for the 'Auld Mug' will also benefit.

The answers are all around us: Westminster should look to local communities to solve Britain's problems, says Paddy Ashdown

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