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Posted Sat Mar 22 2008: from
North Sea protected area network would devastate industry, claims trade body
According to the WWF UK report, published today, a network of marine reserves, that cover at least 30 per cent of the North Sea, is needed to help rebuild populations of many fish species, and protect the habitats upon which these, and other species depend. In the report, 'A Return to Abundance: A Case for Marine Reserves in the North Sea', WWF-UK suggests a network of five experimental marine reserves that it says will improve the sustainability of fisheries, protect biodiversity, and help establish a healthy ecosystem....

Describing the proposals as "flawed", Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen´┐Żs Federation said "The sweeping assumption is made that very large fixed marine protected areas would prove beneficial in the North Sea based on evidence gained from elsewhere. Such an assumption cannot safely be made, given the unique nature of the mixed fisheries in the North Sea."
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The ApocaDocs say:
What a laughable concept: using evidence from elsewhere to protect a common resource.
Besides, the fish are getting more valuable all the time!

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