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    Default Management control failure means Loch Torridon langoustines leave MSC programme

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    Thursday, 28 July 2011 10:02

    SCOTLAND’S Loch Torridon langoustine (Nephrops) fishery has withdrawn from the MSC programme.

    At the Torridon Nephrops Management Group’s (TNMG) request, independent certifier, Intertek Moody Marine, has withdrawn the fishery’s MSC certification. The withdrawal follows the suspension of TNMGs MSC certificate in January this year.

    The suspension came after fishing pressure in the area increased through additional creel-fishing boats being attracted to the fishery. Many of the extra boats had not signed-up to the voluntary Management Plan Code of Conduct for the fishery. The implications of this were identified when the fishery was being considered for recertification in 2009. As a condition of recertification, TNMG was required to develop – with relevant management bodies – means of achieving appropriate limits on fishing pressure; either through a reduction in the fishing effort or through control of the landings within the area.

    TNMG was unable – either by themselves or with the relevant management bodies – to establish management control over the fishery (and thus prevent a further fall in local langoustine abundance) or to demonstrate that the stock within the area was sustainable. The certificate was therefore suspended in January 2011. For the suspension to be lifted, TNMG, had to meet the conditions by the next surveillance audit on 4th July. In the event, TNMG decided not to pursue lifting of the suspension and instead decided to withdraw the fishery from the MSC programme.

    Claire Pescod, UK Fisheries Outreach Manager for the MSC says: “It is sad to see a long-standing Scottish fishery leave the MSC programme and I hope that the TNMG will continue their work to establish effective effort control in the area. The recertification and annual surveillance elements of the MSC programme exist to identify important changes in fisheries and in this instance identified a risk to the stock due to increased fishing pressure and management control issues.
    “The sustainability of the fishery is in the interest of all of the fishermen catching langoustine on Loch Torridon – both TNMG members and the non-member boats – and it is in their joint interest to ensure that there are langoustines available for this and future generations. I hope that – at some point in the future – we will be able to welcome Loch Torridon’s langoustine fishermen back into the MSC programme.”

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    Aye they blame other boats , nothing to do with the thousands of creels they have in a small area and then go bleating for more ground to be shut off , , gone are the days when creelers fish with creels in the hundreds now its four figures , and face it they out fished it them selves and cant blame others when certain individuals had a few boats and a couple thousand creels , and because they fought for an area exclusive to creel boats they alienated others and stopped creelers from Skye fishing grounds due to it being made trawl only , There was an article in the local paperat that time and they tried to say that they worked 150 creels in a day , biggest load of bullsh*t ever , their fleets are 120 each so if thats sustainable then god knows what isn't

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    https://www.channel4.com/news/the-il...t-barrier-reef

    C4 should've challenged the SCFF on Loch Torridon before accepting their bullshit "evidence"

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