Nigel Highlights The Plight of British Fishermen
Back in August, Nigel Farage went to Ramsgate and met Eddie on his fishing boat, ‘The Boy Joshua’.
The aim of the trip was to examine the impact of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which is set and regulated by the European Union.
The Common Fisheries Policy was first introduced in the 1970s. It aims to ensure that fishing and aquaculture are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable and that they provide a source of healthy food for EU citizens.
According to 2015 figures, the UK fishing industry is made up of more than 6,000 vessels, landing 708,000 tonnes of fish worth £775m.
Nigel discovered that Eddie and son Joshua could not earn a living with their current quota, as well as having to share their fishing waters with other European nations.
Eddie said he was throwing away more and more dead fish: “It depends, some we can get back in alive but at the end of the day there are some we can’t get out the net quick enough, there are that many of them.
“Skate used to be a very big catch for us until about 2007 when our fishery department decided they were going to ramp up the rules and try and destroy us.
“There’s just a few of us left now, we are a dying industry, when we could be a nice little profitable business, employing people and putting money into the community.”
FFL comment – A Quota system will always lead to discards in a mixed fishery where it is impossible to catch the right mixture of fish. Due to this quotas become increasingly out of line with the abundance of fish as fishermen cannot land and record all catches due to the quotas.
Fishermen are being forced to catch more than necessary but to land less – crushing livelihoods and the marine environment. This mad, unsustainable quota system must end in mixed fisheries when Britain Leaves the EU.
Fishing for Leave heart-fully thank Nigel for continuing to unreservedly support the British fishing industry and communities and for his and LBCs time and effort for coming down to Ramsgate.
An especial thanks must go to Eddy Temple for his efforts for the day – not one sweary word was uttered by all parties all day..!