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|North Sea cod fishing ban urged
||North Sea cod fishing ban urged
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|A complete ban on cod fishing has again been recommended by experts until severely depleted stocks recover.||A complete ban on cod fishing has again been recommended by experts until severely depleted stocks recover.|
|The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (Ices) has said there should be a total ban for 2007.||The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (Ices) has said there should be a total ban for 2007.|
Ices' Advisory Committee on Fishery Management said in a report that North Sea stocks would not reach target levels even with a ban next year.
The committee's recommendations will go to European governments, and fishing quotas set in December.
Its report says stocks of cod, sandeel and anchovy remain below sustainable limits but recommends an increase of about 75% in the quota of Norwegian spring spawning herring.
Smaller quota increases are recommended for mackerel and hake, while small reductions are urged for plaice, blue whiting and sole.
|FISH SPAWNING GROUNDS UK fishing industry in figures||FISH SPAWNING GROUNDS UK fishing industry in figures|
A complete halt to cod fishing in the North Sea has been recommended every year since 2001 but each time European fisheries ministers have rejected the advice.
|Quotas have ranged from 49,000 tonnes in 2001 to 23,000 tonnes in 2006.||Quotas have ranged from 49,000 tonnes in 2001 to 23,000 tonnes in 2006.|
"Unreported fishing" also exists, where cod are discarded either because they are too small to be landed legally or the quota has already been fulfilled.
Dick James of Northern Ireland's Fish Producer's Organisation said the problem of low cod stocks was down to climate change rather than overfishing.
|The Scottish Fisherman's Federation said "draconian cuts" to allowances would have a serious impact on the Scottish fleet.||The Scottish Fisherman's Federation said "draconian cuts" to allowances would have a serious impact on the Scottish fleet.|