Popular Science News | Cod’s Off – only 100 adult fish left in North Sea

Popular Science News – the way things are going in the North Sea, Cod being off the menu in the UK could soon be a reality. According to Chris Darby, head of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas team):

“Our latest assessments suggest in 2011 there were 600 cod aged 12 to 13 in the North Sea, of which about 200 were caught. None of the catches recorded at North Sea ports around Europe showed any fish aged 13 or over. Analysis of that data suggests there are fewer than 100 such fish in the whole North Sea.” [Daily Mail]

Scientists want this year’s quota of 32,000 tons reduced in 2013 to 25,600 tons. In the 1970s 360,000 tons were hauled in by fishermen.

Barrie Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, said: “The most effective measure in rebuilding fish stocks seems to be removing vessels from service by paying owners to decommission them.”


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