Macron threatens to put up a fight over fisheries.

Macron under pressure on fishing

On the trade deal between the UK and the EU, French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing Brussels to adopt a stronger stance. Even before the negotiations started, the French Government made clear to the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier that he needed to push more considerable commitments on access and regulatory alignments to UK fishing waters in return for preserving free trade.

Mr Macron stated so although he was ready to put up a fight over the issue back in February is Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Britons aren’t likely to forgive the former Mayor of London any concessions on the situation. The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) was a central portion of the Brexit campaign, and the vast majority of British fishermen and people living in coastal towns pushed for Britain to leave the bloc. British anglers consider other EU countries do not only overfish UK waters but that the CFP also means they’re restricted as to how much they can fish. 

The leader of Save Britain’s Fish John Ashworth wrote: “We cannot continue with a system that has failed for 40 years. “What crushed British fishing is fourfold. The surrender; mismanagement; corporatisation and penetration of national resources in what many in the fishing industry believe was a slow series of contrived steps. “The EU established ‘equal access’ to what became common EU waters/resources at the inception of the CFP in the knowledge that Britain, with rich fisheries, would join.” 

He said: “This is what Ted Heath sold out too, despite being made well aware of the consequences – the famous response was British fishermen and coastal communities were ‘expendable’. “Equal Access allowed the EU to claim after 10 years things were going a bit sideways with stocks. “A marauding EU fleet combined with technical advances Britain couldn’t curb with her own policy had denuded stocks. “This led to the introduction of an EU system of quotas. “Conveniently the EU fleets declared a huge track record of fish landed. 

This resulted in them on average having 75 percent of the quotas under a system of ‘Relative Stability Shares’ between member states, yet Britain provides 50 percent of the waters and 60 percent of the catches in EU waters of the North East Atlantic.” “This corporatised a national resource as the Government allowed these FQA units to become tradeable. “As the quota system doesn’t work in a mixed fishery (and as our waters were over exploited by a herd of EU boats) we were subject to ever harsher quota cuts based on dodgy data the quotas generated. “This paucity of data is caused because fishermen can’t land everything they catch – only those species they have quota for.

“Anything over quota is dumped dead into the sea. Fishermen have to therefore catch twice the fish to find what they can keep. Critically science is left with an erroneous picture of actual stock levels. “This, combined with the initial loss of our resources when quotas were introduced, pushed a lot of smaller family concerns to the wall as the industry consolidated to last man standing – those with the bigger cheque books who could buy evermore FQA units that were needed just to maintain the parity of the same tonnage of fish to catch to pay loans.”

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