The English Fishermen explained in 2018: “I’ve been in this trade 35-plus years, and I’ve seen the decline because of the overfishing. “Not by our local boats, but because we’re being given scraps by Brussels, and we’ve seen the boats from France and Belgium come and take what they can take out of our own waters.” The huge quantity of landing being claimed by ships from other nations has come as a result of the complex quota systems of the EU. Although 73 percent can be caught by the French By way of example, Cornish fishermen have been limited to eight percent of the quota in their waters. 1 fisherman told CBC this made his occupation “incredibly difficult”.
David Stevens, who runs a trawler at Newlyn Harbour, stated at the time: “We depart the harbour here in order to take 25 different species, and every one has a different quota level. “And also the Uk has very little quota for quite a few of these species, so trying to deal with the grab is just unbelievably difficult.” He added that the fishing fleet was offered by former Prime Minister Edward Heath out back in 1973, when he gave European ships access to the UK waters for admission into the EU.
Mr Stevens said: “It was sold out to get into the EU, and it’s being marketed out to get out of the fleet, it’s unbelievable.” According NAFC Marine Centre’s statistics from 2016, UK boats landed 32 percent of fish in its waters, while EU states combined to take 43 percent. Norway, which is not an EU member state, took 21 percent. EU member countries have been allowed to dive into the wealth of landing of Britain under the Common Fisheries Policy, angering many fishermen north of the English Channel.
France is one of several countries dependent on British fishing grounds. With a catch value at £171million, the French captured 120,000 tonnes of fish between 2012 and 2016, based on Marine Management Organisation figures. The row erupted in the English Channel in August 2018. The French and British fishermen clashed as French fishmen tried to prevent several British boats from fishing. It quickly descended into violence when three trawlers rammed with their counterparts, hit by rocks and were chased by ships.
The Scottish White Fish Producers Association condemned the “vigilante” French sailors. Brussels’ negotiator for Brexit talks has required that the conditions of the Common Fisheries Policy be maintained. He said earlier this season: “Allow me to remind you that most of the British processed fisheries products are traded, are exported, are shipped to usto the European market. “So fisheries is a part of a package when it comes our trade relations, which are to be discussed, and that package is one you can’t break up. There will not be any ambiguity at all around that.”
Defiance is powerful in the UK nevertheless, as Elspeth MacDonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, stated that permanent concessions into the EU would be a “betrayal”. Even though Prime Minister Boris Johnson needs a deal, he must also take back control of British waters.
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