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Environmental Studies Factsheet: 12. North Sea Fisheries

  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 12. North Sea Fisheries

Environmental Studies Factsheet: 12. North Sea Fisheries

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    In October 2002 the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES www.ices.dk) called for a complete ban on cod fishing in the North Sea, Skagerrak, Irish Sea and waters west of Scotland. The report pointed to declining catches of most species caught for human consumption or for industrial processing and blamed over-exploitation. Recruitment (additions to the stock through birth) for most fish stocks is very variable and recruitment for cod, whiting and plaice is estimated to be at its lowest ever level. ICES believes that previous agreements to try to reduce catches of immature fish – those which are too young to spawn – have failed and that the only solution is to close fisheries where cod is the target species and where it is part of the by-catch (accidental catch when fishing for, say, plaice).