Linefish stocks recovering

2013-12-03 20:35

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Cape Town - South Africa's linefish stocks are starting to recover, the World Wide Fund for Nature SA (WWF-SA) said on Tuesday.

"In 2000, the commercial linefishery, South Africa’s oldest commercial fishery, was declared to be in a state of emergency, as a number of commercially important linefish stocks including species such as kob, geelbek and red roman, had been depleted to less than 10% of their pristine levels," the WWF-SA said in a statement.

"Carpenter, hottentot, and slinger stocks are showing signs of recovery from their previously overexploited states."

"We have seen that where management is based on the best available scientific advice, it is possible to turn the decline around, but if we deviate from this plan now, all the fishers’ pain will have been for naught and we will quickly end up in the same position we were previously," Attwood said.

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