New group reports healthy fish stocks
A group of Scottish fishermen have formed a new pressure group to convince the public that North Sea fish stocks are very healthy, reports John Kinsman.
The Real Fish Fight said that trawlers have reported large catches of cod, while WWF Scotland has said that it was possible the big catches were the result of trawlers passing over large groups of spawning cod.
Skipper Peter Bruce of Peterhead said conservationists wanted to turn the North sea into an aquarium, and said that there has been scare mongering over fish stocks.
He recently hauled his largest ever catch of cod 30 tonnes in a single net.
Mr Bruce said, "There is some of the green lobby that is actually trying to finish the fishing industry. They are wanting the North sea left as an aquarium and we just can't have that".
He added, "We would like the scientists to come out with us and see what we are seeing on the grounds".
WWF Scotland said that this time of the year cod were grouping in large numbers to spawn. A spokesperson said it could be that the large catch was made in one of these areas and thus could not be read as a sign that numbers of the fish had recovered.
The Real Fish Fight has set up a Facebook page for fishermen and the British public to be able to freely discuss the matters that affect them.
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