As our fishing fleet lies silent due to the shut down of Britain, Greenpeace has indicated that Dutch vessels named “Willem van der Zwan” and “Afrika and Frank Bonefaas” have been plundering their nets in UK waters just off the shores of Scotland. It’s been reported that the Pro Brexit group “fishing for leave” has been keeping close tabs on these trawlers.
A spokesman who has been keeping watch said: “The current crisis hasn’t abated the largest super trawlers in the EU fleet plundering British waters.”As a large chunk of the British fleet lies idle due to the shut down these primarily Dutch-owned freezer vessels still put to sea to fill their owner’s cold stores.”COVID-19 or not this is continual exploitation of what should be exclusively British waters and quotas under international law must be stopped on the back of Brexit.”
As the UK leaves the bloc Michael Gove’s recent criticism of the EU, has been widely supported by UK fishermen. As we regain our sovereign waters, the EU can’t expect the automatic right to fish in British waters, with the same quotes, under the same rules. What independent coastal nation would allow that to happen?
The EU has no other trade deal with the terms stating they continue part control of third countries territorial waters.The spokesman stressed: “The government must not yield on fishing – we worry some compromise cave-in may yet still happen.”The spokesman continued saying there shouldn’t be an extension to the trade talks.
He explained: “Doing so would subject us to more years of CFP ineptitude and robbery.”Both for fishing and other industries, it would leave the EU time to enforce detrimental legislation.”Additionally Britain would still be exposed to the obligation to bail out the eurozone to the tune of £100bns – something that looks increasingly likely.”He added: “The Government must ensure Britain is not entangled in the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in all but name.”We must have, and be able to exercise, exclusive sovereignty over all our water and resources within our Exclusive Economic Zone out to 200 nautical miles or the midline.”
The EU needs to be firmly told that the UK would rightly be taking its share of the quotas based on the international principle of Zonal Attachment – whereby a nation has quota shares based on the predominance of species in its waters.The spokesman added: “The EU must cut its cloth to reflect the loss of UK waters from the common pot to comply with UNCLOS obligation for nations to fish their available waters sustainably.”Clearly the EU cannot comply with this if they try to continue catching 90 per cent of channel whiting, cod and haddocks with only half the waters.”Any deal on access or quota swaps must be predicated on the EU recognising this new zonal attachment normality as it does with Norway.
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