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North Sea cod gets MSC certification

At times during these moratorium years of the northern cod, people in this province have glanced at the North Sea to see how that cod stock was faring. Collapsed, recovered and collapsed again, North Sea cod over the years seemed on a different path than northern cod, and different methods were undertaken to attempt recovery and sustainability. On Wednesday, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced that North Sea cod has received its distinguished certification after the stock passed an independent assessment against the MSC’s strict standards.,,, “Since then the industry has worked with the Scottish Government and EU Fisheries Council to agree and implement a ‘Cod Recovery Plan’ that would nurse the stock back to health. “The plan linked the number of days fishing that boats were given to the conservation measures they signed up to. click here to read the story 17:42

This Ramsgate fisherman has slammed a ‘crazy’ policy that he says is costing him £50k a year

A Ramsgate fisherman has hit out at an EU policy that he claims is causing him to lose up to £50,000 worth of fish a year. Steve Barratt of Thanet Fishermen’s Association is calling on the UK to take back control of its territorial waters as part of the Brexit negotiations and abandon the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). He called the policy “immoral” and harmful to fish stocks. The commercial fisherman from Ramsgate, who operates an under 10 metre boat, is among a dozen other local fishermen who lose money because they have to discard dead fish. The 58-year-old grandfather said: “Firstly, we want to immediately scrap the current rules and regulations and the CFP that have not and will not work. “Secondly, we want to ban the practise of discarding dead fish and make it law that they are landed and recorded. “This will benefit scientists as they will have accurate information to work with, and will obviously benefit the fishermen that caught these fish due to the value of these fish.” He added: “Thirdly, we are proposing a system whereby we are limited in the number of days we can go to sea and we are proposing that we are limited in the amount of gear we can use. Read the article here 17:03

Marciano: Remember when we were all out there fishing and complaining about how bad the rules under days at sea management were?

Oh that’s right — the latter never happened, and the former was a hell of a lot better than where the industry is now. Seems as though it’s a surprise that there’s no help from the pols, on top of the desperate state of the sectors now.  Sectors are functioning in the groundfishery exactly as every other fishery catch shares program or any other of the thousand or so experiments before this one. [email protected] 05:47