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DEFA minister defends 40% queenie fishing reduction

Geoffrey Boot insists department left with little choice

The environment minister has defended the department's decision to put a 40% reduction on queenie fishing.

Today marks the start of the season, with the announcement to excavate fewer of the Manx delicacies made a week ago.

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture's move has been met with surprise from local fishermen.

DEFA Minister Geoffrey Boot says they were left with little choice:

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