NEW international fishing deals are being developed by the European Union, which should allow fishing businesses to exploit grounds overseas while efforts are made to conserve stocking levels in Europe's own territorial waters.

EU ministers have been asked to approve a deal negotiated by the European Commission with west Africa's Guinea-Bissau, which will last until 2006. The agreement allows crews from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and France to take shrimp, fin-fish/cephalopods and tuna, with general access being granted to surface ...

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