The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network

            A charity registered in Scotland - RegNo:: SC039015

15
Feb

Blinded by self interest ?

ONLY about 4% of the world’s oceans remain undamaged by human activity, according to the first detailed global map of human impacts on the seas.

An international team of scientists in the built a complex model to handle large amounts of information on 17 different human threats.

They divided the world’s oceans into 1km-square sections, examined all real data available on how human activity is affecting the marine environment, calculated “human impact scores” and presented it as a global map as shown below.

Seafish were quoted as saying “The insights from this study will help the fishing sector to work with other stakeholders to consider how we can collectively improve marine environmental management for future generations.”

Bertie Armstrong of course personalised it as an attack on the Scottish fishing industry and said “The information presented indicates that the human impact is high, which we do not believe is the case…..” and that it “…. portrayed an inaccurate and overly pessimistic view of the waters around Scotland.”

The paranoia of the SFF and it’s constant denial of any science which does not support increased quotas continues to undermine it’s credibility.

Trotting out voluntary closures, 1 in 5 months and Rockall Bank where they destroying the cold water corals in a fishery contributing miniscule revenues, does not indicate an aggressive drive towards sustainability - just lip service.

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