Fishermen win increased white fish quota in Brussels

Prawn catch can grow 8% while white fish will increase by 10%

Negotiations on setting fishing quotas for next year ended in Brussels in the early hours of this morning.

Marine Minister Simon Coveney says the outcome is very positive for the industry in light of the reductions that had been proposed by the European Commission ahead of the negotiations.

Minister Coveney says Irish fishermen will be able to catch 10% more white fish in 2016 - worth €10 million to the industry, the quota for prawns has increased by 8%.

The prawn fishery is Ireland's most important whitefish fishery and was facing a 10% cut going into the negotiations.

The deal was struck after midnight, following two days of intensive negotiations.