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John Johnston, harbour master at the port of Eyemouth on Scotland's east coast sorts nets as he waits for the fishing fleet to arrive back in port with catches of cod, haddock, whiting and prawns. Proposals by scientists to ban fishing for cod, due to collapsing stocks meant that most boats found it increasingly uneconomical to continue to fish, putting at risk an estimated 20,000 jobs in the industry. The fall in fish catches was blamed on environmental factors and over fishing by Scottish and other European nation's fishermen.
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