Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today responded to a reports that British Mackerel is to lose its “sustainable status”, awarded by the Marine Stewardship Council after what, according to the Council, was “years of overfishing” which have driven stocks “to the brink of collapse”.
The Marine Stewardship Council took the step over the weekend following a significate drop in mackerel populations since 2011, down from 4.79million tonnes to 2.75 million tonnes last year.
Mr. Carmichael said,
“This worrying move by the MSC should be a wake-up call for the EU Commission and the U.K. Government to re-open the deal on Mackerel with the Faroese. That deal allows the Faroese Fishing fleet to take 30% of their quota from UK waters. It is no longer a sustainable deal.
“Mackerel is an important stock for our pelagic industry so the loss of sustainable status will be disappointing for the local economy. It may be recoverable in early course but that is not really the point. Fishermen have been saying for years that the deal was not sustainable. That can no longer be denied.”
You can learn more about this issue here: https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/mackerel-sustainable-fish-stocks-uk-atlantic-a8805331.html