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By Owen Weldon     Jun 2, 2008 in World
Representatives from the fishing industry said that 500 fishermen and their families are planning a protest against rising fuel prices.
The fishermen are going to protest the rising cost of fuel because they say that oil costs mean that they lose money every time they go out to sea.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in London is where the protest is going to take place and French fishermen are expected to join in as well to show international support.
Fishermen across Europe have staged protests in the past and have also protested in the UK as well.
Fishermen say that it is no longer worth it to go out to sea anymore because of the rising price of oil and this year they suffered a cut that affected their fishing quotas and that is just one more thing that it making it hard for them to make a living at fishing now.
The government is being accused by fishermen of not applying for direct grants for the fishing industry. The grants are available from the European Union and other countries have taken up the grant offers.
Richard Brewer, a fisherman from Whitby, and also one of the organisers of the protest, says that the French fishermen are coming to support the protest and to show that this was a pan-European problem.
A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said that ministers believe that a long-term approach is needed and not just short term assistance.
Fuel prices are going to keep going up and if one industry gets relief from fuel rices than that will probably cause a whole lot of problems with every single industry that uses fuel. The only way prices will go down is if enough people ban together and stop driving for a little while.
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