West coast commercial discards destroying stocks

wwfUrgent reform is needed if the fisheries in the west of Scotland are to have a future, WWF Scotland has warned.

It follows analysis which showed that in 2011 discards of haddock, cod and whiting were at unsustainable levels – 92% of 2011’s total cod catch of 6,364 tonnes, 50% of the 3,227 tonnes of haddock and 60% of the 569 tonnes of whiting were discarded.

Similar analysis by the ICES for the North Sea showed cod discards have reduced from 62% in 2008 to 24% in 2011.

Discards on the West coast have long been identified as a major issue and SSACN has long campaigned for them to be addressed as the area was once one of Europe’s prime sea angling destinations but since the nephrops fishery has continued unabated all fish stocks have declined and 1000s of jobs in the sea angling related sectors have been lost. 

Continuing the CFP madness, earlier this month a deal was reached in Brussels which allows for catch levels to increase for some white fish stocks off the West of Scotland – unless Marine Scotland’s fishery managers get a grip, there doesn’t appear to be much of a future.

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