Now there’s few cod–pay us off

CodAccording to sources, following a recent study, Barrie Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, said: “The most effective measure in rebuilding fish stocks seems to be removing vessels from service by paying owners to decommission them.”

The study, by Defra’s fisheries laboratory, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) reviewed catches at European ports in 2011 and analysis of around 500,000 fish in England and Wales found 191 million one-year-old cod and just 18 million three-year-olds.

Most importantly it found that not a single cod over the age of 13 was caught last year.

The findings raise real concerns for future stocks of cod as :

  • They can live as long as 25 years and grow to 6ft.
  • Become more fertile as they age, which means
  • There are fewer eggs and larvae to perpetuate future generations, and
  • A lower life expectancy meant a lower birth rate and a faster decline.

Callum Roberts, professor of marine biology at York University, told the Sunday Times that intense industrial fishing meant that few fish survived beyond the age of four, when they reach sexual maturity.

Scientists have appealed for a reduction in the cod quote from the North Sea down to 25,600 tons next year.

This year’s quota is 32,000 tons, compared to 360,000 tons in the 1970s.

So having trashed the stocks the commercial sector are now looking to be paid off – is there no limit to their greed ?

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