Allow spurdog to recover

| November 27, 2008

Speaking during today’s debate in the Scottish Parliament on sea fisheries, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment John Scott MSP said:

“I would like to say a word about another under threat species - the Spurdog. The Cabinet Secretary will know that the European Commission are proposing a Total Allowable Catch of zero for this species. While well intentioned, the effect of such a move would be to guarantee the discarding of any Spurdog caught as by-catch – not something I would welcome.

“The fact remains however that Scotland’s once thriving Spurdog stocks have been decimated in recent years and are in dire need of recovery.”

Having raised the matter with Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead during the debate, Mr Scott said: “I salute the sterling work of the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN) who have begun their own Spurdog tagging programme in an effort to fully awaken the Government to the urgency of the situation facing this species.

“I therefore call on the Cabinet Secretary to take the specific steps necessary to ensure that Spurdog catches are kept to an absolute minimum and that the biomass of the stock – currently on the brink – can be restored to sustainable levels.”

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