Britain was condemned twice by the European court of justice yesterday for failing to conserve and manage fish stocks in line with EU requirements in the years 1985 to 1988, in 1990, and also between 1991 and 1996. Agreeing with charges levelled by the European Commission, the court found that the UK had failed to: make rules for utilising allocated fishing quotas; carry out required inspections and controls; close fisheries when quotas were exhausted; and take action against vessels infringing the rules. See judgements in cases C-454/99 and C-140/00.
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