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Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November 2019

The Cut, 8 New Cut, Halesworth IP19 8BY


Celebrating the herring

as a vibrant part of Suffolk's heritage


STILL KING OF THE SEA / Colin Bannister

Saturday 28 October

1.30 - 2.30pm


A guide to the life cycle, migration, stock structure, and fisheries of North Sea herring, asking is the herring syill king of the sea using stock trends to depict a classic story of the boom and bust of overfishing, and the politics and tools of fishery management, leading to stock recovery. Questions remain on how herring will react to current changes in climate and in other species.


Colin is an Emeritus scientist of the CEFAS Laboratory at Lowestoft, joining in 1964, and retiring in 2004 after 40 years studying the status and management of fish and shellfish stocks. His work spanned the fisheries at Iceland in the 1960s, the formation of EU fisheries policy in the 1970s, near-seas studies on plaice, lobster, cockles and oysters, the collapse and recovery of North Sea herring and cod, and the impacts of climate change. He received the Walne Medal of the Shellfish Association in 1999, the Le Cren Medal of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles in 2014, and an honorary DSc from Hull University in 2015. He remains active as an advisor to the Shellfish Association, as a mentor, and as chairman of the Buckland Foundation.






HF Colin Bannister