The European Commission are planning to cut fishing in the North Sea by 10%. The Scottish Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead said: "Scotland is in the lead for conserving cod stocks. "That has been recognised to some degree with the first increase in cod quotas for 10 years. "That is a great breakthrough."
It is hoped that alternative conservation measures will be adopted instead of further cuts to time spent at sea. One suggestion is to close off areas to fishing which are known to be populated by juvenile fish.
It seems that fish stocks are recovering so the current level of fishing is adequate. Further restrictions will only damage an already struggling industry.
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