News from the commercial fishing sector
The government has proposed to create just 31 of 127 marine conservation zones recommended to it for English waters in an £8m consultation that took over two years and involved tens of thousands of people. We need far more. If the network were implemented in full and protected from dredging and trawling, it would help turn around the state of our seas and recover lost fisheries productivity. This is a historic opportunity that we must grasp today. If we drag our heels much longer, there will be little left to protect.
This article titled "MEPs vote to ban discards in historic reform of fishing policy" was written by Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent, for The Guardian on Wednesday 6th February 2013 17.04 UTC The European parliament voted on Wednesday to ban the wasteful practice of throwing away healthy fish at sea in a victory for campaigners and [...]
Britain will oppose proposals to curtail cod catches in the North Sea next year Britain will oppose proposals to curtail cod catches in the North Sea next year. Environment minister Richard Benyon last week pledged to vote against moves to make further restrictions in the time that fishermen spend at sea, and promised [...]
Discards – where fish are thrown away at sea – have been virtually eliminated by fishermen taking part in current trials, according to the latest catch quota report from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).
North Sea Cod Putting The Record Straight An article in last weekend's Sunday Times (16 September 2012) incorrectly claimed that "fewer than 100 mature cod are left in the North Sea". Such a statement is wrong even though the cod stock does remain severely depleted. The briefing Cefas gave the Sunday Times journalist [...]
This article titled "Overfishing by European trawlers could continue if EU exemption agreed" was written by John Vidal environment editor, for The Guardian on Monday 27th February 2012 08.30 UTCHeavily subsidised European trawlers could be allowed to continue to overfish the waters of developing countries despite mounting evidence that stocks are being devastated and that [...]
This article titled "Fishing skippers and factory fined nearly Â£1m for illegal catches" was written by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent, for The Guardian on Friday 24th February 2012 18.26 UTCAn inquiry into the UK's largest fishing scandal has uncovered "serious and organised" criminality by Scottish trawlermen and fish processors in an elaborate scam to illegally [...]
Would an EU ban on fish discards be effective?
This article titled "Fish discarding ban shunned by MPs" was written by Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 24th February 2012 06.00 UTC Fishermen should be allowed to continue discarding edible fish at sea, despite public pressure to stop the wasteful practice, a group of MPs has urged. The proposal, by a parliamentary [...]
Cod stocks in the Irish Sea and the west coast of Scotland have collapsed because of overfishing and politicians' refusal to fix low enough catch quotas, according to a leading fisheries scientist who advises the European commission on fish quotas. Dr Paul Connolly's comments followed the European commission's decision on Wednesday to recommend for the [...]
My mate Greg is currently working on a large offshore trawler. From what I can gather the boat catches, processes and freezes all the fish onboard. From speaking to Greg they are often away from home for months at a time and they have to fill the fish hold before they return home. The fish [...]
Often out of sight, and miles out to sea, the large industrial trawlers catch fish using a method known as purse seining. Whilst on land, there is little knowledge of the huge scale slaughter of fish that is happening over the horizon. Purse seining is obscene, these are just a few vidoes that highlight the [...]