Sunday, November 18, 2007


Innovative scheme to protect cod stocks

A fishing boat which featured in the BBC series Trawlermen has become the first to successfully take part in a pilot scheme to protect cod stocks.

The prawn boat Fruitful Bough was independently observed while it avoided catching cod.

Under the initiative, skippers are given extra days at sea if cod forms less than 5% of their catch.

The Peterhead vessel, skippered by James West, succeeded in meeting that target.

The scheme is part of a bid to stop unwanted fish being caught, protecting vulnerable stocks.

Funded by the Scottish Government and jointly developed with the industry, the pilot scheme aims to test how effective such incentives are in conserving cod stocks.
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