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    Outrage as EU Proposes to Keep Electro-Pulse Fishing Until 2022 Despite MEPs Voting to Ban the Practice

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    Despite smear campaign, Dutch fishermen believe in pulse trawling

    http://fiskerforum.dk/en/news/b/desp...pulse-trawling


    Rosemarie KW-34 is beam trawling during summer months with a pulse license. Image: WM den Heijer

    For Dutch fishermen it is uncertain what Brussels will decide regarding accepting and continuing pulse trawling. Technical reports show positive aspects such as a lower CO2 emission and less damage to the seabed. For the Dutch fishermen it is clear that the innovative fishing method is a step towards a future of sustainable fishing. They still believe in pulse trawling, reports Willem den Heijer.

    The Dutch fishing sector has no idea why French organisation Bloom is against pulse trawling and why a few groups of French as well as British small scale fishermen are concerned about overfishing through this technique. Like the British and the French fishermen, the Dutch have to keep to their quota limits for plaice and sole, and are not catching more sole. But by using lighter pulse gear with a lower towing speed and less horsepower, the sole catch rate is the same as with heavy beam gear at more than seven knots.

    In addition, the Dutch fleet was not able to use their entire sole quotas for the last two years and the same applies to plaice.

    It seems that Bloom’s distribution of fake news is successful. A lot of people have doubts about electric fishing. So far fishermen have not find any species or organisms which showed damage or show signs of electrocution. Species such as short nose seahorses, whelks, scallops, shorthorn sculpin and pipefish are all coming on deck alive. A number of these are quite vulnerable, such as pipefish and seahorses, but apparently they are able to survive in the trawl, and they also survive the low-level electric pulses. The bigger the body of the fish, the greater the reaction of the fish. According to reports from ICES, Dutch fishermen are not devastating marine life with electric shock fishing.

    A new rumour which is based on wrong assumptions is the that Dutch pulse trawlers have been operating in the Dogger Bank area. A few Dutch vessels with pulse gear licences change over from pulse trawling to twin rigging and beam trawling in order to focus on catching plaice and turbot in the Dogger Bank area where there is hardly any sole. When fishing around the Dogger Bank these vessels use other methods.

    Some smaller pulse trawlers are in summer months change over to shrimp trawling or twin-rigging on nephrops. None of pulse trawling’s opponents have been able to show evidence that fish is being electrocuted or that Dutch trawlers have been pulse trawling around the Dogger Bank.

    Source: WM den Heijer

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    The Government and DEFRA announced through Fisheries Minister George Eustice that the United Kingdom will enact a complete ban on the use of Electric Pulse fishing in British waters post-Brexit in the Fisheries Bill currently passing through Parliament.

    This comes after a concerted campaign by fishing industry representatives and campaigners to see what they say is an “abhorrent” method banned.

    Electric pulse fishing uses electrical pulses similar to a taser to shock fish off the seabed and into the trawl following behind the electrodes at the mouth of the trawl net. It has been shown to cause severe spasms to the point of causing spinal fractures in Cod.

    Nothing is known about the effect on the wider marine environment and smaller marine life and organisms crucial to the wider environment”

    The EU has a ban on the use of electricity in fishing operations. However, ten years ago the EU Commission allowed a derogation from this ban under the auspices of a trial in the southern North Sea.

    This was despite international scientists and the EUs own scientific advice saying not to allow the method to be deployed.

    The method was developed and deployed predominantly by the Dutch fishing industry. What began as a trial has now extended to cover 100 boats and has gone on for 10years.
    Dutch fishermen candidly admit it is now a commercial fishery masquerading under the auspices of a trial.

    Fishermen around the southern North Sea have bitterly complained that the areas where pulse fishing has been deployed have seen severe degradation of commercial stocks and the wider marine environment.

    A survey recently conducted off the Kent coast by CEFAS under orders of the fisheries minister George Eustice, left fishermen appalled at the difference seen in areas Electric pulsed fished and those not – describing pulsed areas as “an ecological desert” – the trial results are to be published in the beginning of next year.

    Fishing for Leave have extensively striven to publicly highlight the issue and see it banned, along with numerous other fishermen’s organisations and green groups.

    We are elated by this news and shows what can be done to better husband our fishing, waters and marine environment by taking back control.

    It comes after a lot of hard yards, not only in raising publicity and outrage nationally, but in endless lobbying in Parliament. To see the pressure exerted to get this repulsive, abhorrent method deployed by the Dutch banned - who seem keen not only to rape 60% of our fish stocks but our marine environment and ecosystem too.

    Massive credit should also go to Thanet Fishermens Association, East Anglia Fishermens alliance and the New Under Ten Fishermens Association. Big credit must go to Bloom eNGO who worked tirelessly for the EU parliament to vote to ask the Commission to overturn the derogation to allow the use of this method.

    All have worked tirelessly and together – some for years when government turned a blind eye to this abhorrence by our EU ‘partners’.

    That is why we were disappointed and perplexed why a government, and Environment Secretary desperate to signal the virtue of his environmental credentials, didn’t announce such a ban in the Fisheries White Paper or Bill.

    However, we very much welcome the announcement by Mr Eustice and give him credit for listening, initiating surveys and for moving with a rising tide of public opinion and cross party condemnation and support to see this banned.

    Credit must go to East Anglia MP Peter Lowestoft for tabling amendments and seeking support for such a ban along with the shadow Labour Defra team who supported and pushed hard for a ban too.

    This will be a huge saviour for the marine environment our fishermen depend upon to see their industry and heritage continue for generations to come. It will see a huge amount of foreign fishing pressure removed from British waters, allowing local fishermen and communities to thrive again.

    We now expect this to go through legally water tight and will watch like a hawk so it is not diluted or backslid from – as this government are now well practiced at – to appease big EU owned but UK registered Dutch “Flagship” interests which dominate some fishing organisations and POs in Britain.

    We also hope the government will also move as we have asked to ban EU industrial Sandeel fishing in the central North Sea. Predominantly perused by Danish fishermen who take hundreds of thousands of tons of this vital food source for pig feed to the detriment of the stocks our fishermen depend on and sea bird life. Such a ban would also be an easy win in environmental credentials for the government.

    This is one of the 7 objectives for the fisheries bill Fishing for Leave hoped to see to ensure a fresh start for all so as to rejuvenate British fishing to be the equal of Norway post-Brexit. We now hope to see the government legislatively honour the promises made in the Fisheries White Paper and will continue to fight remorselessly to see it happen – this is just the beginning.

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    DEPARTMENTAL AND MINISTERIAL STATEMENT
    George Eustice, the fisheries minister, said the UK would copy the EU ban on Electric fishing but would not permit the exemptions for the Pulse fishing methodHe said: “There are lots of anecdotal reports . . . of cod having their backs broken by this technique and there is some evidence that the electric pulse can disturb the navigation of fish, affecting their ability to feed and migrate.“We don’t really know the impact the electric pulse might be having on young fry, small lobsters, eggs and other types of developing sealife.”

    He said the UK wanted a precautionary approach to pulse fishing, meaning it would be banned until scientific evidence showed it did not cause harm.

    A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “There are clear concerns about the impact of pulse trawling on certain fish species. As we prepare to leave the EU we will be bringing across the ban on this method of fishing.”

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    EU Office: The Netherlands did not commit fraud with pulse fishing subsidies

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    Pulse fishing ban off East Anglian coast extended

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-47090424

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    Brussels recommends legal action against Netherlands over pulse fishing permits

    https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2019/0...shing-permits/

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    A ban on Pulse Fishing post-Brexit must be honoured

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    Pulse fishermen will not accept an unjust outcome

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    The future of the Dutch pulse fishery is in the balance

    Dutch pulse trawl fishermen are about to face the crunch as the trilogue meeting of the European Commission, European Council and European Parliament comes together to decide the future of the electrical fishing method that has been a lifeline for the Dutch beam trawl sector.

    Dutch fishing industry leaders are preparing themselves, as far as is possible, for what they foresee as a ‘disastrous’ outcome for the Dutch trawler fleet.

    In a statement, fishermen’s federations VisNed and de Nederlandse Vissersbond, along with grassroots organisation EMK, said that the industry is not prepared to accept a ban on pulse fishing.

    The have appealed to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to discuss the issue with French President Emmanuel Macron – as the principle objections to pulse fishing come from the France.

    According to the Dutch federations, there are currently around 80 beamers fishing with pulse gear under a derogation, and they point out that compared to their traditional fishing method, pulse trawling burns 46% less fuel, results in 20% less seabed disturbance and returns 50% less by-catch, while pulse fishing is one of the industry’s few sectors that has achieved a 50% reduction in emissions.

    Emotional pressure

    ‘Despite extensive scientific research, pulse fisheries are victimised in the European political arena,’ the Dutch federations start, placing the blame squarely on French-based eNGO Bloom for having pursued a campaign to influence European politicians by disseminating false information about pulse fishing.

    ‘All the scientific studies that show that very positive results are being ignored and are being questioned by the activists,’ the federations state.

    ‘Bloom sidelines out scientific research and spreads fake news about the pulse gear. Decisions cannot be made on the basis of emotion, but must be based on facts,’ the three organisations state, commenting that decision-making at this level and on this basis is highly dubious.

    A prohibition on pulse gear would leave a considerable part of the Dutch beamer fleet in difficulties, and would inevitably lead to other problems, including a substantial increase in fuel consumption – and estimated 78% – and consequently emissions of greenhouse gases.

    The Dutch industry is now relying on Prime Minister Mark Rutte as its last resort, and the federations have written to him to make it clear that a a ban on pulse gear affects not only vessel owners and fishermen, but also entire supply chains through the seafood trade, the processing sector, the supply sector and beyond.

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    STOP ELECTRIC FISHING IN EUROPE

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    EU council has apparently banned Pulse Fishing,looking like they are trying to push it out to 2021 but some pushing for July 2019 as the end of ALL electric fishing in EU waters

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