And where do you think commercial fishermen spend their life?
You are a typical product of the scare, doom and gloom state of fear tactics used by the environmentalist, some scientist, it is probably quite possible to dig up just as many scientists that say the opposite, I had two such scientists working on my boat earlier this year.
It's misinformed jump on the band wagon types like you that cause so much friction between commercials and anglers.
Really. Or am I the sort of person that listens to scientific advice. Did you not follow the story of the Canadian cod fishery, where just before total collapse the fishing for cod actually saw bigger returns in the last two years, but this wasnt because their were more fish, but because the few fish that were left were shoaling tightly and therefore once they were located good catches could be made. Now, after a complete ban for the last 14 years or so, there are still no fish because the stock level wasnt able to recover, as the stock had been fished to un-recoverable levels. ICES are suggesting that is happening here. But you carry on campaigning for complete anihilation, Wurzel. I'm guessing you dont have children that you want to follow in you footsteps. Kind of ironic, though, you posting on a Conservation and politics forum. Why do you think you are right, and that all the scientists are wrong? Why do you think that your knowledge of your local patch is the same everywhere? When I was a teenager, I fished on Canvey Island in Essex for cod, in November and December. And I caught cod. If I went fishing, I would EXPECT to catch at least three or four table fish EVERY TRIP. Now you cant do that. After half a dozen trips you migh be lucky enough to eek one out. That isnt listening to scientists, that is a direct comparison of the fishing now and twenty years ago. If there are loads of cod in the sea, and you are all knowledgable about them, could you please explain to me why this is the case? I really would like to know, because if it isnt a massive reduction in the fish available, I dont understand whats going on. If you cant explain, then perhaps you had better pipe down and go back to shadowing the catch reports for where you will be setting your nets.