Fishermen's federation accuses ASDA of ignoring science –

Fishermen’s federation accuses ASDA of ignoring science Published:  01 February, 2007

Bertie Armstrong

THE Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has strongly criticised the decision by supermarket chain Asda to stop selling monkfish.

Boats in membership of the SFF have been working closely with marine scientists for the last few years in building an accurate assessment of the Scottish monkfish stock through a collaborative research programme, the federation underlined.

Results from these scientific studies – which are continuing this year – showed the stock to be in good health, resulting in the quota for monkfish being increased by 10% for 2007.

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive said: “There is absolutely no technical basis behind this move by Asda, which completely ignores the science and the fact that Scottish boats are fishing for monkfish responsibly and sustainably.

“Part of the reason put forward by Asda to impose a ban appears to revolve around concerns about the environmental impact of beam trawling. We would point out to Asda that there is not a single beam trawler in the Scottish fleet.” is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.