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Thread: Grey seals are compromising cod stock recovery plans

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    Grey seals are compromising cod stock recovery plans

    I wonder where this is heading...

    Grey seals are compromising cod stock recovery plans - BBC News

    Probably not to a cull, it would be very unpopular.

    I was talking to a stalker on an island who turned down requests from local fishermen to cull the seals (legally).
    Living on an island, you have to tread carefully re peoples opinions

    I'm not sure I could cull them either, something about them.
    The population seems to be expanding and getting through a lot of fish though.
    "Don't say I didnae warn ye !"

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    I need to get my eyes tested....... at a quick glance at the thread heading I read it as 'grey squirrels compromising cod stock......' now that would be an interesting read....... funny what the brain can just auto correct for you!
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    A friend of mine culls them. Biggest problem is that he isn`t allowed to keep the meat or use the pelt.

    They all go to the university to be opened up for a looksee

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    Not sure seals are more "cuddly" than deer. Perhaps they do need a bit of thinning out in some places.

    David.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rake Aboot View Post
    A friend of mine culls them. Biggest problem is that he isn`t allowed to keep the meat or use the pelt.

    They all go to the university to be opened up for a looksee
    Why? Do they suspect some disease or contamination? Does he cull many?

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    I read in Shooting Times a while ago about a wildfowler whose dog was attacked & killed by a seal. I'd be killing some myself if that had happened to my dog..............

    I believe a fair amount are shot for fish theft from fishing nets?
    A Man should be wise, but never too wise. He who does not know his fate in advance is free of care

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    Cod breed in deep water don't they and yes seals will eat several fish a day. But the biggest effect on marine life is mankind and in particular large fish catches and the number of small fish that are killed in the process. What is needed are no fishing zones to allow stocks to recover. One of the positives regarding offshore windfarms is that they create no fishing zones that will be breeding sights for the fisheries. Most of the seabeds around the UK are scraped bare of marine life and the habitat to support young fish. A bit like most of our countryside - it would once have been mixed woodland with intersperced grasslands, heathlands and boggy areas and in the mountainous areas right up to 2,500 to 3,000 ft. Over the last 1,000 years just abut all our native woodland and flaura and fauna has gone so we are now left with vast tracks of open land either growing large areas of cereals, or in the uplands, open hill ground, mono cultures of forestry or wind farms. The same is true of our seabeds in the areas around the coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heym SR20 View Post
    Cod breed in deep water don't they and yes seals will eat several fish a day. But the biggest effect on marine life is mankind and in particular large fish catches and the number of small fish that are killed in the process. What is needed are no fishing zones to allow stocks to recover. One of the positives regarding offshore windfarms is that they create no fishing zones that will be breeding sights for the fisheries. Most of the seabeds around the UK are scraped bare of marine life and the habitat to support young fish. A bit like most of our countryside - it would once have been mixed woodland with intersperced grasslands, heathlands and boggy areas and in the mountainous areas right up to 2,500 to 3,000 ft. Over the last 1,000 years just abut all our native woodland and flaura and fauna has gone so we are now left with vast tracks of open land either growing large areas of cereals, or in the uplands, open hill ground, mono cultures of forestry or wind farms. The same is true of our seabeds in the areas around the coast.
    good post

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    Yes, the no take zone in Lamlash bay Arran seems to be working well.
    The bottom in a lot of areas seems to have as much life as the surface of the moon
    I do hope they change their mind on rod and line fishing in Lamlash bay though.
    Minimal impact and brings in money for tourist fishing boat trips..mainly mackerel I would say.
    "Don't say I didnae warn ye !"

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    So a native species of predators is responsible for ruining the plans of "the fishing industry" who have systematically decimated all fish populations due to overfishing, by catch and stupid fecking EU systems of quotas and had hoped that by some miracle the stocks would recover if they left them alone for 5 minutes?!?!

    is that the gist of it?

    Sorry but the ONLY issue with fish stocks especially cod is the fishermen themselves, the morons who run the regulation of the fishing industry and the government policy makers

    don't believe anyone when it comes to info on fish stocks....its a bit like deer numbers but worse as the sea is even more difficult to survey!

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