Hopes Of Better Prawn Fishery Management – Fishupdate.com

Hamish Morrison…hoping for better prawn deal

Hopes Of Better Prawn Fishery Management Fishing Monthly Published:  17 September, 2002

THE precautionary system governing the prawn quotas is out of touch with reality, a fishermen’s spokesman said today.

But Hamish Morrison, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation added that the willingness of the Danish EU presidency to discuss more flexibility towards fisheries management, together with hints that there could be scope for some stocks to be independently managed, could be an avenue to improving things on the prawn front.

“Fishermen are telling us moré and more that the precautionary TAC system for prawns is badly out of step with the abundance of prawns in the fishing grounds, something our most recent survey has verified.

“EU fisheries ministers meet next week and the Danish presidency has produced a paper on a number of management issues including whether some stocks could be managed differently and is more or less inviting us to look at novel ways of managing stocks, especially ones which could be managed independently.

“This is a route we would want to pay close attention to,in the first instance through the working group set up by the UK Conservation Group, but the fact that the Danish presidency, as part of CFP reform, appears to be taking a much closer look at flexibility and at differentiated management, might produce a way of replacing a system which is no longer adequate.

“For the precautionary system for prawns is self evidently not keeping up with reality but what I am wondering is whether we could develop a regime for independent exploitation of nephrops.”