Conservation of cod:
The Commission is still very concerned about the conservation of cod. In the case of cod in the North Sea, eastern Channel and Skagerrak, despite attempts to improve cod conservation since 2002, things took a turn for the worse in 2008, when a greater proportion of the stock was caught than in any year since 1999. What is more, there are not enough older, spawning fish and too few young fish coming into the stock since 2005 (see Figure 3).
Real-time closures and cod-avoidance schemes have not been enough to protect the stock and have had little effect on fishing patterns. Bringing about an improvement in this situation will mean stepping up conservation efforts still further and implementing the cod plan adopted last autumn. This will result in lower levels of fishing effort and therefore in less pressure on cod. TACs will be adapted in each area according to the amounts of cod left in the sea.
According to the eu the north sea cod caught last year was significant causing a shortage for next year. Wondering how Bertie and the nffo crew are going to swing it and magic up some more quota. Seeing that the eu are looking for less.
Now the eu are saying all the cod advoidance, real time closures etc, are not enough, as confirmed by the rather large amount taken. As bertie and co have previously used the discard card, they can't use that one.
Edited by barry luxton, 16 October 2009 - 09:42 PM.