Archive for December 6th, 2007

Hope for Spurdog

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Hope for Spurdog

After three years off intense campaigning by SOS and more lately SSACN, it looks likely that the Spurdog around Scotland’s deep water lochs will finally be safe from commercial exploitation.

The Spurdog biomass is down to 5% of its original size and is considered critically endangered by the IUCN. English longliners have been targeting the spurdog in the lochs and if successful the commission proposals will stop any targeted fishery.

Scottish Sea Anglers believe the lochs up the west coast hold a unique resident population of Spurdog and the area is certainly a pupping ground for them.

The EU Commission is recommending that the 5% per cent bycatch rule which applied to the North Sea last year will apply to all European waters. It’s not quite time for celebration yet as the final decision will not be announced until December 17-19th