THERE was no chance Kevin Calcutt would swallow the common sole
he landed during South Shields' match.
For some EU stocks already at MSY, such as anglerfish in Southern Waters, common sole
in the Skagerrak/Kattegat and sole in the Western Channel, the Commission proposes to raise the TACs.
The two organisations particularly question the quota reductions proposed for the following species: anglerfish (-20% to -38%); blue ling (-20%); cod (-20% to -25%); common sole
(-20% to -80%); haddock (-20% to -55%); hake (-32%); herring (-18% to -20%); megrims (-20% to -40%); Norway lobster (-18% to -21%); plaice (-19% to -36%); pollack, saithe, sole, sprat and whiting (-20%).
The data of wild common sole
(Solea solea) was obtained from fish population maintained under culture conditions.
An additional data set (Table 1) was also available from an annual egg production survey of Atlantic cod, European plaice, and common sole
biomass (Armstrong et al.
An unusual species for our area - a 2lb 7oz common sole
- was taken by Kevin O'Hara from Seahampier.
Aspergillus fungus is the most common sole
pathogen or copathogen, occurring in approximately 87% of cases.
The Tyne piers have given mixed bags of flounder, plaice, dab, and odd codling and common sole
with plenty of mackerel and herring showing on some tides, most matches being won with bags of no more than 5-7lb.
Stocks in the North-East Atlantic, which are no longer considered over-exploited, are: anglerfish (off Portugal and the Atlantic cost of Spain); blue whiting (all areas); common sole
(Skagerrak, Kattegat, Baltic Sea, Western Channel and Celtic Sea); haddock (North Sea, Rockall, West of Scotland); herring (North Sea, Celtic Sea, Bothnian Sea); horse mackerel (Western aarea - from Cantabrian Sea to Northern North Sea); megrims (off Portugal and the Atlantic coast of Spain); Norway lobster (Skagerrak, Kattegat, North Sea of Fladen Ground, West of Scotland, Celtic Sea and Irish Sea); plaice (North Sea); cod (Eastern Baltic Sea) and spurdog (North-East Atlantic).
The record went to Dean Buck who landed a specimen common sole
of 3-10-0 from the Spiles at Seaham.
Outside this zone, catches of common sole
will be reduced by 15 to 25%, depending on the zone.
King Edward's Bay is producing a few nice cod over high water with John Fielding taking one of 6lb and Blyth pier has seen quite a few common sole
during the calmer conditions ( Jim Baker took three which where all returned.