North Sea cod catches will be reduced by 14% in 2007, prompting anger from the fishing industry and campaigners.

Campaigners argued the reduction had not gone far enough to protect levels of cod stock. “European fisheries ministers should be clear that they may be presiding over the total collapse of cod and if this does happen, we can't be sure that there is any possibility of recovery,” Professor David Read, vice president of the Royal Society, told the Daily Telegraph.

Fisherman argued they would lose up to two days a month fishing. “There is huge disappointment within the industry, and there will be some anger in elements of the fishing fleet that are affected by the decision to reduce days at sea,” Bertie Armstrong, CEO of the Scottish Fisheries Federation, told The Times.

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