Good Science – Bad Science & Climate Change

The United Kingdom Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) report for 2006 said it was the second-warmest year in UK coastal waters since records began in 1870; seven of the 10 warmest years have occurred in the last decade.

Bertie Armstrong (SFF) said: “From the fishing industry perspective we welcome the fact that climate change is being taken seriously by Government and other bodies ….. We feel it is vitally important that impacts of climate change are fully recognised when quotas and other fisheries management measures are discussed.”

He went on to say “There is no point in introducing unnecessary constraints on the fleet when the underlying cause of a reduction in any particular stock is climate change rather than from other impacts ….. We also don’t want to miss any opportunities that climate change may bring in the form of new species for the Scottish fleet to catch, for example red mullet and John Dory.”

Strange how science doesn’t know what it’s talking about when it discusses stocks in danger, but is right on when it offers an opportunity for further exploitation.

Category: SSACN Announcements

Comments are closed.