Park: Industry must get it right –

Park: Industry must get it right Published:  24 January, 2008

Mike Park

THE catching sector has a key chance to make a difference this year in terms of helping cod conservation and there is no one else to blame if they do not get it right.

This has been underlined to by Mike Park, executive chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association who said there was no question that this year presented a list of challenges, some of them unprecedented.

And he believed that “all things being equal” the fleet should manage to operate with the quotas it had been given for this year, although it was also important to underline how much oil-related work had helped to take the pressure off the fleet as a whole and keep it in business.

“Some people tend to overlook the fact that oil work has been a saviour for the industry over the last two to three years and not only for the boats directly involved in this work.”

Meanwhile, on the formulation of the new Conservation Credits scheme which promises more time at sea in return for meaningful and workable contributions to cod conservation, it would be hard work getting it right, but it was vitally important that a workable scheme was introduced.

“We have to be aware of our own responsibilities in this- we are in an ideal position to reap the rewards of recovery, but that could easily go wrong.” 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.