The UK fisheries audit released last week by conservation organisation Oceana claimed half a dozen species are in a critical state due to overfishing, with herring, crab, and whiting also amongst the stocks deemed to be at a critical level due to overfishing.
An Oceana spokesperson told us:
“The UK is currently negotiating catch limits with the EU and Norway. Usually, a specific recreational catch quota is allowed, as happened with seabass and European eels, but as this is the first time such negotiations are happening since Brexit, we’re not sure of the outcome. If the UK allocates a zero-catch limit on cod, it could apply to recreational anglers too, which could result in catch-and-release fishing only.”