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Cod protection move sparks fishermen's anger in Scotland January 14,2022   |  Source: BBC News

Fishermen have reacted angrily to new measures being introduced by the Scottish government to protect cod stocks in the Firth of Clyde.

The government is to end exemptions allowing langoustine trawlers, creels and scallop dredgers to use the area during the approaching spawning season.

The Clyde Fishermen's Association said the decision would have "a horrific impact" on local fishing families.

Ministers acknowledged it would have a short-term impact on local fishers.

But the government added that "taking action now" to try to replenish cod stocks for the longer term was "ultimately beneficial" for fishing.

For the past two decades, measures to protect spawning cod in the Firth of Clyde have been in place through an annual 11-week seasonal closure between 14 February and 30 April.

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