Disbelief as an EU supertrawler ‘longer than a football pitch’ is given free reign to plunder Britain after Brexit.
According to a startling new investigation, a MASSIVE EU supertrawler larger than a football pitch and equipped with nets covering an area equivalent to 450 tennis courts is among those that regularly loot UK seas.
The analysis by pro-Brexit think tank Facts4EU uses official numbers from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to show that only 18 massive boats account for 25% of EU tonnage operating in the seas off the coast of Britain. The Polish-flagged Annelise Ilena is the largest of the bunch, weighing 14,055 gross tons and measuring 472 feet, which is more than 100 feet longer than Wembley Stadium’s pitch and the length of 13 Routemaster buses set end-to-end.
The Lithuanian-flagged, Dutch-owned Margiris is three feet shorter at 469 feet and weighs 9,499 tons.
This year, nearly 1,700 EU vessels were granted permits to enter British seas (within 200 nautical miles).
“Our latest research indicates that, apart from following the laws of the EU’s diktats in the ‘Trade & Cooperation Agreement,’ the UK has even permitted EU mega trawlers that are so enormous they haven’t gotten authorisation in other parts of the world,” said Leigh Evans, chairman of Facts4EU.
“This is industrial-scale fishing when EU vessels are longer than 13 London buses positioned end-to-end.”
The Annelies Ilena is ranked first among the 25 largest vessels operating in UK waters by tonnage in the survey.
The Maartje Theadora, a German-flagged ship weighing 9,082 tonnes, was sued in 2012 by France for breaking EU legislation and fined more than £0.5 million after being intercepted with £1 million in illegally obtained fish on board.
While the term “supertrawler” has no precise definition, it often refers to vessels that are outfitted with the ability to process, chill, and freeze daily catches, allowing them to stay at sea for weeks at a time.
Their nets can be up to 1950 feet long by 650 feet wide (600m x 200m), and many of them are larger than a British Type 23 guided missile frigate in terms of gross tonnage.
“It’s not so much fishing as ‘hoovering up our maritime ecosystem,'” Mr Evans explained.
“Brinkwire Summary News” says, “It’s clearly not what average people think.”