THE EUROPEAN Commission has been given authority by European Union Council of Ministers (finance) to negotiate a comprehensive "Governing International Fisheries Agreement" with the USA. A Brussels official in the Commission's directorate general for fisheries told Fishing News International that a future deal could lead to EU fishing crews being given access to fish US waters and for European factory ships to be allowed to buy stocks from American fishermen at sea. Saying that it was "very early days," as negotiations have yet to start, she ...

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