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West coast closure bombshell

EU measures to protect stocks such as cod, haddock, whiting and prawns are set to be introduced next year.  It is proposed to close a substantial area of the west coast, from Shetland down to Stranraer, to commercial fishing.

The European Fisheries Commission is calling for langoustine catches to be limited to boats fitted with separator grids to divide the prawns from other species – but that is equipment which no Scottish prawn trawlers carry and consequently why the discard levels are so high.

Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead was quoted as saying he hoped the worst of the measures could be seen off in negotiations but even Bertie Armstrong of the SFF has said there is no doubt that whiting, cod and haddock on the west coast are in poor state.

We are charting the progress of the TAC and quota discussions on this page - where it is readily apparent that the scientific advice and the EU position indicate stocks of all the key species are still being exploited unsustainably.

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