You would think wouldn't you that RSA and commercials would have plenty of common ground.
We both want (preumably) more fish in the sea, and presumambly more bigger fish (if only because that means more good breeding stock to produce lots of smaller ones too).
And presumably we also want freedom to fish when and where we want, which if there are plenty of fish out there would not really be a problem.
The problem appears to me to be one of greed - always has and always will I fear - on the part of the majority of the commercial fleet. they are in denial, they still claim that there are plenty of fish out there.
They claim that the current quotas are not required (and I must say I think the quota system is one of the most stupid methods ever devised to limit deaths of sea fish species) as there are plenty of fish out there.
They claim that they should be allowed to catch what they want because they know better than the scientists what fish are available to be caught.
If the commercials had any sort of record in the recent past of self regulation I believe that we could work together, but as their history since the second world war at least has been one of massive over fishing without a shred of self restraint I for one do not believe that we van ever establish an commonality of purpose. I would not shed a sigle tear to see the total demise of the white fish fleet, any form of trawler, any form of dredger, and the over 10 meter longliners that catch and kill indescriminately.
Small boats using selective fishing methods are fine.
So with your superior knowledge of commercial fishermen and fishing industry could you please make a list of what you consider as a small boat selective fishing methods.
Explain what over ten meter long liners catch and kill indiscriminately that a under ten doesn't?
Except for a half a dozen white fish boats from Whitby the mainstay species is haddock, most of that is caught hundreds of miles off Peterhead how would the demise of the white fish fleet benefit RSA.?
Why any form of trawler or dredger?
By saying we are in denial do you mean we are telling lies when we say there are plenty enough fish in the sea?
Why should scientists know more than fishermen, most of the information they get is from fishermen