Finnie tells Borg that Scottish cod fishing reduction has been met and more –

Finnie tells Borg that Scottish cod fishing reduction has been met and more Published:  23 September, 2005

EUROPEAN Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg has been told that all European countries must provide robust evidence of their conservation efforts to comply with the Cod Recovery Plan.

On his second visit to Scotland, Commissioner Borg, attending the ICES conference in Aberdeen,Scotland, heard how the Scottish fleet has already demonstrated that it has exceeded the agreed 65 per cent reduction in fishing for cod.

And Scottish Fisheries Minister Ross Finnie used his meeting with Mr Borg at the international conference of fisheries scientists in Aberdeen to demonstrate progress.

Mr Finnie said:

“The world’s leading fisheries scientists, who are meeting here in Aberdeen this week, will soon be providing the scientific evidence which will determine quota for Scottish fishermen.

“Scotland has provided clear, robust data to show that we have already exceeded the target for the main whitefish fleet and the Commission has accepted this.

“We want to see clear evidence that other member states have made the same effort before the Commission brings forward any further recovery proposals in the run up to December’s Fisheries Council.”

The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) is an organisation of fisheries scientists who provide stock analysis and management recommendations for European fisheries.

The ICES annual science conference is structured around four over-arching themes, one of which is ‘Understanding and Quantifying Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystems’. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish European Fish Trader, Fishing Monthly, Fish Farming Today, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.