'Doom mongers' stocks plea made by fishing leader

Mackerel Bertie Armstrong warned the public about worse case statistics on stocks

Related Stories

A Scottish fishing leader has urged the public not to be swayed by "doom mongers" over fish stock levels.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, warned "worst case statistics" were continually used.

He was speaking ahead of Thursday's WWF "More Fish in the Sea" event at the Scottish Parliament.

Fishing leaders recently warned cuts to the number of days vessels can put to sea threatened the fleet.

Mr Armstrong said: "Thanks to innovation, commitment and real grinding sacrifice from the Scottish industry amongst others, remarkably good progress in the right direction has hallmarked the condition of our main target stocks.

"However, the public have not been trusted with a balanced message, receiving instead a diet of excessive gloom using generalised global worst-case statistics.

"This will serve only to paralyse people's opinions and generate an unwarranted presumption against fishing."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC North East, Orkney and Shetland

Weather

Lerwick

14 °C 11 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.