As EU fisherman exploit UK waters, Boris is encouraged to provide the British “El Dorado.”
Over fears that EU vessels are still exploiting UK seas, fishing chiefs have asked Boris Johnson to keep his pledges of making UK fishermen very wealthy after Brexit.
Bosses also begged with Ministers to assist them in rebuilding UK fishing fleets, despite the fact that EU vessels had “unrestricted access” to UK seas.
“The Prime Minister has previously spoken of an El Dorado of fish from 2026 onwards, but we are seeking a commitment from him to deliver much better opportunities for the Scottish fleet in the interim as well as in the longer term,” said Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.
“In the short term, it will be a case of survival for the industry, but we want to thrive, and we need to start planning now to ensure that we can rebuild this industry.” Fishing leaders have also called for reforms to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea’s “flawed science,” which is preventing British fishermen from fishing for key species such as cod.
The Council offers unbiased scientific advice to governments, including the United Kingdom, on how to successfully manage fishing populations.
For example, stocks of Northeast Atlantic mackerel increased from 857,000 tonnes in 2017 to 318,000 tonnes in 2018, before rising to 922,000 tonnes in 2019.
“Lack of fishing opportunities for our key commercial species during a time of abundant stocks is holding the whitefish fleet back severely, and it’s about to get a lot worse because of over-zealous faith in flawed science,” said Mike Park, chief executive of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association.
“The benefit of accurate science has been painfully clear with the COVID-19 epidemic, but in our industry, jobs and money are at danger from partial, single-source information that is completely at odds with what skippers observe on the ground every day and is never exposed to independent assessment.
“To assist ensure secure and sustainable fishing, we need scientific evidence that can command the trust of everyone,” a Defra spokeswoman responded, “We are dedicated to supporting the UK fishing fleet and leveling up the industry and coastal communities across the UK.”
“The United Kingdom and the European Union have reached a historic Fisheries Framework Agreement that reflects the United Kingdom’s new status as an autonomous coastal state, and.” Brinkwire Summary News.