Bad news for cod anglers

The top survival rate of cod larvae this century was in 2005, but the fish of that year class were virtually wiped out within three years, according to European fishery scientists and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aqua Culture Sciences based in Lowestoft.

Some 62p% of these yearlings were trawled and dumped in the North Sea during 2006 and 58% of the remainder went overboard in 2007 and therefore were of no benefit to long-term spawning efforts to boost cod beyond the endangered species category.

In 2008, as a result of an increase in cod numbers from the spawning success of 2005, quotas were upped by an unsustainable 11%, and it was back to square one.

For beach anglers this industrial profligacy and lack of will on behalf of politicians and fisheries managers has been a disaster.

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