News & comment – April 2024

News & comment – April 2024

Sandeel fisheries to close in England and Scotland

The British and Scottish Governments announced in January 2024 that industrial sandeel-fishing will no longer be permitted in English and Scottish waters (https://bit.ly/3P2vrZS).

Many of the North Sea’s seabirds rely on sandeels for food – including Kittiwakes Rissa tridactyla, Puffins Fratercula arctica andCommon Guillemots Uria aalge – as well as marine mammals, such asMinke Whales Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Harbour Porpoises Phocoena phocoena and Harbour Seals Phoca vitulina, and therecent announcement is a significant step in safeguarding the future of these species.

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