Russian haddock catching must be controlled – Fishupdate.com

Russian haddock catching must be controlled Published:  10 November, 2005

A SCOTTISH fishermen’s leader is heading for London for a possible meeting with Russian representatives tomorrow over Russia’s haddock catching activities off Rockall.

Mike Park, the vice-President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and the chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association, said that he was not sure if the meeting was on or not, but in any case, continuing concerns over Russian haddock catching activity had to be pursued.

Long-standing worries over the scooping up of immature haddock with small mesh nets by the Russian fleet had not gone away and the UK haddock catch in the area, now as low as 566 tonnes was tiny compared with the Russian catch of an estimated 6500 tonnes.

Mr Park said that urgent management measures were needed to stop the Russians, ostensibly fishing for blue whiting,from decimating haddock stocks in the way they had destroyed the grey gurnard fishery in the area

“This fishery is a big problem in as much as the EU is trying to regulate the fishery by regulating us.”

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