Conservation Award for saving cod stocks

Mike Park, chief executive of the Scottish White Fish Producers Association.
Mike Park, chief executive of the Scottish White Fish Producers Association.

Scotland’s largest fisheries association has received an award from a major conservation charity for its work on rebuilding North Sea cod stocks.

The Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association won best project at The Ocean Awards 2016 hosted by the Blue Marine Foundation, which aims to increase the area of the world’s oceans protected by marine reserves.

The association has pioneered the introduction of a series of measures to conserve cod stocks, leading ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) scientists to recommend quota increases in successive years.

SWFPA chief executive Mike Park accepted the award at a ceremony in London.

Commenting, he said: “This award is great recognition for fishermen who have shown that they are open to new ways of working, especially if those methods help them to protect their livelihoods.

“It also shows that rather than being the problem, fishermen are the solution to managing stocks in a sustainable fashion.

“It’s a win-win because for the greens these measures support conservation while for us they make good business sense,” he added.