By Ian Doherty
The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has expressed concern at the declining numbers of some marine life species populations in the wake of the European Commission’s recent council meeting. They claim that not enough progress has been made to affect the decline of Ireland's marine environment. Fishing quotas for the Irish Sea have been repeatedly set higher than the recommended amount by scientists and the result is the severe decline in the populations of species such as cod, which has declined ten-fold since the 1980s and for which scientists recommend no fishing.
To stave off ecological disaster and adhere to the EU’s common fisheries policy, the Irish government must apply quotas meeting scientific recommendations across the board to allow the populations of species such as cod, whiting, plaice and prawn to return to a sustainable level.
When asked what this would mean for the future, a representative from the IWT said, “This has been going on for twenty years. This is the future. Without immediate action, we will clear out our oceans and be left with nothing but jellyfish.”
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