Fall flat, na. Where do you think some of this money being pumped into the nhs has come from, that the labour party makes political gain from, in particular these new hospitals in the recent past. Yup, private public partnerships. Now part of the public spending deficit thats going to take a few generations to pay back in interest. Taxes 'r' us.
Jaffa, as I recall the telegraph scoop was around a year ago and I do not recall the specifics of what was legal to carry or dump where, I used it to demonstrate an ethical issue. "Why catch it and then Dump it"? and when someone comes back with an argument about the skipper not knowing how much he was going to catch in the last tow, legally log books should be kept up to date on a tow by tow basis so there is only a small argument for error, but no doubt he had a fantastic last haul!!!!
Good morning Wurzel, I wondered where you had been hiding. I don't think that this global problem of declining fish stocks is totally a government conspiracy, and whilst the science is far from exact, a walk down dock in Grimsby seems to tell a story to me. The missing North sea fleets of trawlers and pair trawlers, the 300 seiners from scrobs corner etc . I aint seen any of them for a few years now. I think we have 5 shrimp boats and 1 trawler. What happened in Lowestoft, the beamer fleet all gone. Lets pop over to Ostende, maybe 3 or 4 beamers left. So this conspiracy to demolish the fishing fleet, was so that all the fish were left in the Nort Sea to swim about on thir own was it, while we fill our fish fingers with Alaskan pollack etc. Sorry maybe the government has given it all to the French and Spanish to catch!!!
I think we need a reality check here, there is a serios problem with global fish stocks. I am not declaring total extinction as the programme proclaimed, but sustainably fishing we are not, wasting resource through discarding we are as the programme clearly demonstrated.
Politically crisis driven management we suffer from, and yes I agree anglers are going to get it in the neck now as the destruction of the fleets leaves scientists jobless. They are currently on the angling job creation scheme.
With costs of around 350 million a year (Imay stand correction here) to research and police fisheries it may well be more cost effective to destroy our fleets and have fish caught from a handfull af large vessels. However Gordons Government that seems to create a new publically funded quango to to sell health issues to MCZs for fisheries ,at the flip of a coin, would not appear to care how much of our taxes they waste so long as they keep people employed in useless jobs