September 26, 2008
Scottish Fisherman Call for Policy Change
Fishermen and environmental leaders in Scotland called for the European Union to change a policy that has $74 million in cod discarded every year.
The selection process required by the European Union means roughly half the cod caught in nets must be thrown back, a waste of 100,000 metric tons of fish a year, The Scotsman reported Friday.
Fisherman are calling for a policy that allows them to fish less but land more of what they catch, The Scotsman reported.
"There's simply no way of justifying it," David Ritter, senior oceans campaigner with Greenpeace, told The Scotsman. "One could get lost in superlatives. It's an appalling waste."