Controversial European fisheries data released

Scientists warn of collapsing fish stocks, recommend complete end to cod fishing in some areas

Scientists have sparked a huge row over fisheries by warning that cod stocks in several European waters are at their lowest ever recorded levels and recommending a complete halt to fishing. The latest annual report of the International council for the exploration of the seas (Ices) has been making headlines in affected countries for several days; it was officially released today.

Ices' advisory committee on fisheries management (ACFM) releases two reports per year reviewing in total 135 fish and shellfish stocks. Its advice forms the main scientific input to EU ministers' annual round of haggling over total allowable catches and national quotas, which this year threaten to be even more acrimonious than usual.

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