EU quota restrictions could have a seriously damaging effect on the £100m West Coast langoustine industry, representatives of the Scottish seafood sector have warned.

This week the EC released its draft policy for fisheries management in the North East Atlantic in 2009, which includes a proposal to reduce North Sea and West Coast langoustine quota allowances. The proposals would also outlaw the type of langoustine catching equipment on which most of the industry currently depends, according to Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive, Bertie Armstrong.

While the SFF said it supported the underlying science and management aims of the proposals, it called for a more intelligent approach to meet those aims. “We will be pressing for a more clever approach to fisheries management that will help stocks recover and reduce discarding,” said Armstrong.