Tavish on the state of Shetland's fish stocks

Commenting on a NAFC analysis of the latest European fisheries science Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said:

“Our Scalloway based fisheries scientists say that fish stocks are healthy and less is being caught. The stocks that are crucial to Shetland’s fishing industry are in a good state although there are fluctuations. It is particularly important to recognise that looking at one fish species in isolation is misleading as the NAFC state. That matters, because of the discard ban and the difficulty of introducing a land all policy in a mixed fishery – a fact that the Scottish Government must recognise. This scientific analysis, based on the most recently published data from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), suggests that this year’s annual allocation of quotas for our boats should be better. I expect the EU to reflect this science when they propose how much fish our boats can catch in 2016. But higher quotas will not help if a damaging and ruinous discard ban is imposed on the fishing industry.”

You can read the full report by the NAFC here 

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