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The major buyers of mackerel are speaking out against overfishing:

"The North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group (NAPA) is the unified voice of the marketplace for sustainable seafood." "NAPA partners are a collective of over 40 retailers, food service companies, and suppliers, representing the majority of the purchasing power for mackerel, herring, and blue whiting in the North East Atlantic."

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Problem as always, be it fishing quotas or global warming is that scientific advise comes a distant second to commercial greed or political expediency. Did the Norwegion government offer any justification (not being lazy, I'll have a search later).
 

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If the North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group is made up of most of the buyers of the Mackerel, why can't they can use the threat of reducing what they buy to make sure the agreed tonnage matches what the scientists advise?
 

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If the North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group is made up of most of the buyers of the Mackerel, why can't they can use the threat of reducing what they buy to make sure the agreed tonnage matches what the scientists advise?
I agree , if they cant sell they won`t catch.
 

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If the North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group is made up of most of the buyers of the Mackerel, why can't they can use the threat of reducing what they buy to make sure the agreed tonnage matches what the scientists advise?
It's not "most of", it's only "40 retailers, food service companies, and suppliers". If European retailers reject North Atlantic mackerel, the fleets will just sell to export (or fishmeal). I don't think NAPA have indicated what percentage of the market their members represent, so I suspect it's rather small.

Managing international natural resources is complicated. Mackerel distribution has been altered by climate change and other factors, but views on who's entitled to what remain entrenched in historic claims and national politics. The story of Iceland's claim to a mackerel quota shines an interesting light on the problem.

 

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Its not only the Mackeral......Sandeels are a worrying issue too - being overfished to a ridiculous degree, and being at or near the bottom of the food-chain, will have a dramatic effect, not only on fish further up the food - chain, but also Seabirds too...I believe the Puffin is already in serious decline pure because of Sandeel overfishing in the last few years....

These are some of the reasons why I believe it is SO IMPORTANT to have a voice and be seen as a stakeholder moving forwards.....The AT and BASS to name just two orgs, are often accused of interfering on behalf of the silent majority of Sea Anglers, but these issues really do need all our support if things are ever going to change for the better guys...

Mart.
 
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