Azara Blog: Scientists want North Sea cod fishing to stop

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Date published: 2006/10/18

The BBC says:

A complete ban on North Sea cod fishing in 2007 is the main recommendation to European governments from their scientific advisors on fisheries.

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (Ices) says stocks of cod, sandeel and anchovy remain below sustainable limits.

Ices has made the same recommendation on cod for the last four years, but ministers have gone against it.

The full report is released on Friday, with quotas decided in December.

It contains better news on some other species. Norwegian spring spawning herring is recovering, and Ices is recommending an increase of about 75% in its quota.

Smaller quota increases are recommended for mackerel and hake, while small reductions are urged for plaice, blue whiting and sole.

Of course the scientists don't have to worry about the people in the fishing industry, just the fish, which is why they are happy to give their black and white view of the world. Meanwhile back in the real world the politicians have to balance the interests of the fishing industry today and into the future, so they will likely yet again ignore the stark advice.

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