Today is Fish Friday the National fundraising day for the Fishermen’s Mission

Fishing

Today is Fish Friday the National fundraising day for the Fishermen’s Mission, so I thought I’d go through a few statistics about the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP);

UK waters contain 80 % of EU fishing stock …

UK has a quota of 37 % of EU fishing by volume …

Equivalent to 12 % of EU fishing by value …

But 43 % of the UK quota is held by foreign fishing businesses …

Quotas of fish caught and landed from British vessels are now back down to 1915 levels – when the North Sea was a warzone.

The CFP continues to redistribute UK sea wealth to other EU countries. It also claims to manage fish stocks but the ridiculous quota system means that 1.7 million tonnes per year of caught fish are thrown back in to the sea – usually dead or dying – that’s 23% of all fish caught.

To add insult to injury, over the past 15 years or so EU grants have been awarded to fishing fleets in Spain, France, Portugal to boost their fishing fleets – so we have effectively been paying for someone else to come and catch fish in UK waters for them to land back in their country and sell.  From 2000-2006 Spain received almost 50% of all EU fishery subsidies (your money).

Remarkably, since 1984 the UK has been a net importer of fish and currently imports £2.66 billion worth of seafood – two thirds of what we eat – each year.

The cost to the UK of the Common Fisheries Policy is estimated at £2.8bn per year.

You can read this article “No end to the EU’s crazy fishing policy” from the Daily Telegraph, and UKIP’s Policy on fishing.

For more details, you can download the excellent “Stolen Seas” booklet produced by UKIP’s Ray Finch;

Seas

When we leave the EU we will be able to regain control of our fishing waters allowing UK boats to land fish in the UK for sale here and abroad. We will also be able to offer permits to foreign fishing vessels to generate extra income. Without EU quotas and monstrous discards we can fish our seas in a sustainable and responsible manner while at the same time creating jobs and income and revitalising UK ports and coastal regions.

Another reason why we’d be #BetterOffOut.

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