The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network

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02
Jan

Nul Points

A recent email (slightly edited) into SSACN raises a couple of interesting points and an interesting question.

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Dear Sir,

Not that long ago, the Firth of Clyde (and much else) was alive with fish – now, it is virtually empty.

Of course, it is easy to blame commercial fishermen – a rare example of an industry which systematically destroys itself … but of course, it is really a national political failure; we should not have allowed cumulative financial pressures on individual trawlermen to destroy our stocks.

Perhaps a useful comparison could be made by comparing the numbers and incomes of Norwegian fishermen with our own?

The impression I gain from visits is that Norwegian fishermen are both numerous and prosperous.

Norwegian fjord’s look a lot like the firth of Clyde – the major difference being that they are managed intelligently. Of course, it would be a painful process for the commercial interests were they forced to allow stocks to regenerate.

Yet is there any other solution.?

Regards

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