The wastefulness of modern commercial fishing

A study by Government scientists into discards in British waters has found that almost two thirds of the fish caught are thrown back over the side dead.

It is estimated that over 60 million fish per year are discarded in the English Channel, Western Approaches, Celtic and Irish Seas; over 500 million in waters around Scotland and up to 800,000 tons or 2+ Billion fish a year in all EU waters.

Many discards are from threatened species such as cod and plaice, that might otherwise have grown to maturity.

The fishing industry got wind of this paper about six months ago and have been going into damage control ever since.

Is this why the Scottish industry has introduced its’ proposals for ‘real-time’ closures where high levels of juvenile fish, particularly cod, are encountered ?

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