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    END THIS SHAMEFUL SURRENDER OF OUR FISHING GROUNDS

    http://www.sovereignty.org.uk/featur.../fishing2.html




    The following speech was delivered by Tom Hay, Chairman of the Fisherman's Assocation Ltd. to a Save Britain's Fish fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference on 3rd October 2001. It was published in the November 2001 issue of Sovereignty.

    British fishing policy is determined by the political imperative of European integration.

    The objective is to create an EU fishing fleet catching EU fish in EU waters under an EU permit system controlled from Brussels.

    That is the price the British fishing industry has to pay as its contribution towards the realisation of European political union, and nothing - not even the conservation of fish stocks - must be allowed to stand in the way of achieving that objective.

    Today we are confronted with the consequent catastrophe now facing our fishermen, as they are forced off what should be their own waters in favour of an increasingly predatory armada of Spanish and other foreign vessels.

    The British fishing industry is therefore being intentionally and systematically destroyed by the command of Brussels. To conceal the real issue and say that this is for conservation is a contemptible lie. But lies are the rule rather than the exception when dealing with Brussels on this issue, and with successive British governments for that matter.

    In the House of Commons on 17th December 1997 Christopher Gill, Conservative Member of Parliament for Ludlow, said: "For 25 years, the House of Commons and the people of Britain, not least the fishermen, have been fed a diet of half-truths, deceptions and downright lies". He was absolutely right.

    British fishermen have since 1983 been ordered by this unelected bureaucracy to dump hundreds of thousands of tons of prime quality fish all dead back into the sea in the name of conservation, to pollute the fishing grounds in almost every area where our vessels operate.

    That is a transgression against the highest moral law, since thousands, yes, millions die of starvation only a few hours flight from Britain's shores.

    The supporters of this pernicious plot in desperation to conceal their intentions, parrot the sickening nonsense that there are too many fishermen chasing too few fish. This is another lie, and nothing more than a cynical front to justify drastic reductions in the British fleet to create room for the free access of other Member States fishermen to the only commodity in the European Union regarded as a common resource.

    Furthermore what they don't tell us is the fact that 50% of the British share of European Union quota allocated in 1983 is now in the hands of Dutch and Spanish flag ships. So how can there be too many British fishing vessels chasing too few fish within the British sector of Community waters which contains three-quarters of the fish within "EU waters".

    In the month of March this year the European Commission enforced what they called "The cod recovery plan". This plan involved the closure of 40,000 square miles of prime fishing grounds in the North Sea for twelve weeks. The alleged purpose of this closure was to allow the cod to spawn uninterruptedly. But at the same time they quietly introduced legislation which allowed Danish fishermen to fish within the closed area providing they used a mesh size of less than 16mm.

    Surely no sensible Fisheries Management System, genuinely concerned for the sustainability of fish stocks, would legislate for the wholesale slaughter of the major food supply upon which those stocks depend. But this is what has been happening for years, and continues to happen in the industrial fishery for sand-eels. The Total Allocated Catch has been set year after year at over 1 million tonnes despite the fact that fishermen, due to the scarcity of sand eels, have only been able to catch half that amount.

    So is there an ulterior motive? It certainly looks like it.

    The Commission is well aware of the fact that if there is not an adequate food supply within the British sector, the fish will consume their own young and then move into other waters where they can find sustenance in abundance.

    Can it really be by accident that so many things, some that I haven't mentioned, which are bound to destroy fish stocks are happening by the command of "Brussels" at the same time?

    Is it not more likely that they are part of a deliberate policy of inducing our fishermen to be the unwitting agents of their own extermination? So that when fish stocks again recover in the North Sea, as they surely will, there will be very few inconvenient British fishermen left to mar the creation of a single EU fleet on the principle of non-discrimination, with no increase in fishing effort, as Brussels so obviously intends.

    At the Scottish Labour Party Conference on Friday 6th March 1998, the following question was put to the then Foreign Secretary Robin Cook: "Is it in your view possible to renegotiate the CFP to give Scotland's fishing fleet priority in our own waters, so the fishermen can make a living, which many now are not doing, or is it too late to stop the North Sea turning into a Euro-lake?"

    Mr Cook replied: "In the short run it will not be possible to renegotiate the European Common Fisheries Policy, and when it comes, the priority will be to conserve dwindling fish stocks".

    He continued: "The immense tragedy is that the Tories took Britain into Europe in 1972 without getting British fishermen as good a deal as Mrs Thatcher later gave to the Spanish fleet. The Tories then missed their last chance to renegotiate the policy before the millennium. British fishing grounds are due to become a 'common resource' for fleets from all over Europe under the existing policy."

    Without going into the rights and wrongs of these statements, what he didn't say was that on 1 January 1977 the Fishery Limits Act came into force, while the Labour government was in power. The Act extended British fishery limits from the baselines of the territorial sea out to 200 miles or to the median line. And the Labour government immediately surrendered the jurisdiction of these waters - which were subsequently formalised into International Law by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea as the property of the British people - into the hands of this undemocratic bureaucracy in Brussels.

    Since no Parliament can bind its successor, both political Parties are equally to blame for this terrible shambles and sorry mess our industry finds itself in at the present time. But there is no need for us to remain under such groveling humiliating servitude, since under the democratic principles of our historic Constitution we can end the shameful surrender of our fishing grounds, our fishing rights and fish stocks, at any time of our choosing.

    Thirty years of senseless destruction is enough.

    Britain's fish stocks are our responsibility. It is our duty to protect them and the communities dependent upon them.

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    Fishing industry faces 'opportunities and challenges'

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...tland-36618756

    The UK leaving the EU offers the Scottish fishing industry "opportunities and challenges", industry leaders have said.

    The UK voted to leave the EU. The vote north of the border was to remain.

    Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, said government cooperation was needed.

    Earlier this month, a flotilla of fishing boats sailed up the Thames to urge Parliament take back control of British waters.

    The SFF's Mr Armstrong said: "The result of the referendum brings both opportunities and challenges for the fishing industry.

    "The Scottish Fishermen's Federation will be doing everything in its power to ensure that the best possible deal is achieved for fishing during the exit negotiations.

    "To aid this process, it is vital that we have clarity from both the UK and Scottish governments on their future intentions for fishing.

    "Our national governments must work closely with the industry over the coming months and years to ensure that the right framework is put in place to deliver a prosperous future."
    'Significant dangers'

    Mike Park, chief executive of the Scottish White Fish Producers' Association (SWFPA), said: "European Union fisheries policy is flawed - that is why so many fishermen voted to leave.

    "But we need to recognise that there are significant dangers to the industry if the UK and Scottish governments do not react to the very clear message by focusing on a new approach that recognises fishermen themselves and their communities as the key stakeholders.

    "Members of the SWFPA insist that we stay on course with regard to sustainable harvesting and sensible fishing, and they are equally insistent that unworkable laws be changed."
    'Revert back'

    Peter Willox, a founding member of the Fishing for Leave campaign, told BBC Scotland: "It's a brand new set of challenges.

    "The industry should revert back to an own-government system where the leaders at the top are accountable for decisions."

    The Scottish government said before the result that EU membership was in the "best interests" of Scotland's fishing industry.

    In 2014, Scotland exported £449m of fish and seafood to Europe - 68% of the total value of Scottish food exports into that market.

    Worldwide, seafood exports are the second largest food and drink export behind whisky, and the industry supports thousands of jobs.

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    Federations respond to Leave vote

    http://fiskerforum.dk/en/news/b/fede...-to-leave-vote

    Following the UK referendum yesterday, with a narrow majority in favour of leaving the European Union, the NFFO has stated that its role has always been to secure the best deal for fishermen from England, Wales; and Northern Ireland and this outcome does not change this fundamental focus of the organisation.

    ‘Is clear that the outcome of the EU referendum marks a seismic change for the fishing industry and the NFFO will now seek to play a leading role in negotiating the new bilateral and trilateral arrangements that will be required following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union,’ commented NFFO chief executive Barrie Deas.

    ‘This will mean working with all involved to ensure British fishermen are represented at the highest level of talks on fisheries management and receive the most favourable deal possible. We expect that in time, the UK will enter an annual bilateral agreement with the EU for shared stocks in a similar pattern to the current EU/Norway annual agreement to make fishing arrangements on matters such as the Total Allowable Catch of joint stocks, management plans and shares.’

    “Over the last few decades British fishermen have worked successfully to improve the sustainability of their fishing methods and the health of stocks in the waters they fish. The decision to leave the EU will not change their dedication to sustainable fishing. Our main priority has always been supporting British fishermen in running environmentally and economically sustainable businesses. The result of the EU referendum does not change that and we are now looking forward to playing an integral role in the upcoming negotiations on the future of fishing for this country,’ he said.

    Commenting on the referendum vote, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said that the result brings both opportunities and challenges for the fishing industry.

    ‘The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation will be doing everything in its power to ensure that the best possible deal is achieved for fishing during the exit negotiations,’ he said.

    ‘To aid this process, it is vital that we have clarity from both the UK and Scottish Governments on their future intentions for fishing. Our national governments must work closely with the industry over the coming months and years to ensure that the right framework is put in place to deliver a prosperous future.’

    Source: NFFO, SFF

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    Fishermen say Leave promises on quotas must be delivered after EU referendum result

    http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/fish...ail/story.html

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    The post-referendum question list

    http://fiskerforum.dk/en/news/b/the-...-question-list

    There are plenty of questions and it’s going to be a while before we start to see answers. As the NFFO points out, from any perspective, it is clear that the outcome of the EU referendum marks a seismic change for the fishing industry.

    ‘What that change actually will mean in practice is less easy to predict. On all fronts, including fishing politics, we are entering uncharted territory and turbulent waters, with challenges and perhaps also opportunities,’ reads an NFFO statement, pointing out that (1) at this stage there are more questions than answers and (2) in this new world, fishermen will need a strong, cohesive, national organisation to defend their interests during the upcoming transition

    ‘It is not difficult to understand the strong anti-EU sentiments within the UK fishing industry. The European Commission has too often behaved with arrogance, and the EU Parliament with ignorance, to escape their share of the blame. To understand this, you need to go no further that the Commission’s proposed EU ban on small-scale drift nets – to solve an enforcement problem in Italy but which if adopted would have extinguished many sustainable, viable small-scale fisheries in the UK. This is but one example which just illustrates the roots of the frustration that has built over many years.’

    The NFFO points out that promises have been made and expectations raised during the referendum campaign and it is now time to examine if and how they can be delivered.

    ‘Unfortunately perhaps, the UK’s geo-political position means that it is not politically or legally possible just to ring-fence most of our fish resources in the way for example that Iceland can. The reality is that most of our stocks are shared with other countries to some degree or other. We can certainly seek to renegotiate quota shares as well as access arrangement but it is realistic to expect that there will be a price of some sort. Who will pay that price is a critical question.’

    In relation to the post-referendum context, some of the immediate questions are:

    What will the new bilateral (or trilateral) arrangements be for managing shared stocks? Will the fishing industry be part of the UK negotiating team?
    What assurance will there be that fishing priorities will not be traded away against non-fishing priorities?
    Will there be new access arrangements in UK waters? Will all foreign vessels be excluded from UK waters? If not, what conditions will apply if they are allowed in?
    What reciprocal access arrangements will there be for our vessels to fish in the waters of other member states? What conditions will apply?
    What quota share arrangements will apply? Will it be possible to negotiate better UK quota shares?
    What market access arrangements will exist: to the EU single market and for external fish products in the UK? What tariffs will apply?
    What status will domestic quota management arrangements have post Brexit? Will there be a grab for quota held by non-UK nationals? EU law will no longer apply but what will English law say?
    What will the general economic climate be post Brexit and how will that impact on fishing? Where will the new equilibrium be?
    What will the political context be, not least where power is currently devolved? Will there be a second referendum in Scotland?
    Who will be doing the negotiating on behalf of the UK? DEFRA has reduced its team dramatically in recent months.
    What say will the fishing industry have in shaping the new arrangements?
    How will the transition to the new arrangements be managed?

    The NFFO statement also reminds the UK Fisheries Minister that in campaigning for Leave, he made a number of commitments including on the UK’s quota shares and access arrangements. With the referendum outcome, there will now be heavy pressure on him to demonstrate that there was more to those promises than pre-referendum sweet talk.

    ‘The one key lesson that we have all learnt from the CFP is that fisheries management is too important to be left to the technocrats. There are no technocratic solutions. Fisheries stakeholders, and principally fishermen and their organisations must be at the heart of the design and implementation of management arrangements. It is important that the politicians bear this in mind,’ the NFFO said.

    ‘Whatever lies ahead, it will be vital for the industry to speak with one clear loud voice. History, not least the history of the CFP, demonstrates that divisions equals weakness. It is for that reason that the NFFO Executive, when it meets on 12th July, will be taking stock of the Referendum outcome and framing our policy accordingly.’

    Source: NFFO

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    Off the hook! Trawlermen rejoice at end of hated quotas... and return of the great British fishing fleet

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ing-fleet.html

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    Fishing faces seismic change, says NFFO

    http://www.fishupdate.com/fishing-fa...nge-says-nffo/

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    French Brexit concerns

    http://fiskerforum.dk/en/news/b/french-brexit-concerns

    The vote by the UK to leave the European Union has raised concerns in France, and fishermen’s federation CNPMEM has watched the situation on the other side of the Channel carefully.

    Speaking at its meeting last week, CNPMEM president Gérard Romiti told Secretary of State for Transport, the Sea and Fisheries Alain Vidalies that the choice the UK has made could have serious consequences, commenting that it has to be remembered that the crisis the French fishing sector suffered in the 1990s began with a devaluation of the pound.

    According to a CNPMEM statement, in spite of Alain Vidalies’ assurances, French fishermen are concerned that the UK could adopt a less amicable stance, and Gérard Romiti has called on the French authorities to make early contact with their British counterparts to ensure that French landings in UK ports and French access to shared fishing grounds remain unaffected.

    The regions of Normandy and Brittany depend on access to UK waters for around 50% of their fishing activities, and there is concern that a renationalisation of waters could take place, without consultation with other states.

    The meeting agreed with the Secretary of State that access to the European market is linked to quota distribution, and French fishermen’s leaders expressed a strong interest in being involved with future developments leading to a UK withdrawal form the EU.

    Source: CNPMEM

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    British fishermen warned Brexit will not mean greater catches

    https://www.theguardian.com/environm...reater-catches

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    EU referendum result gives real hope for Scotland’s fishing communities

    http://www.sff.co.uk/eu-referendum-r...g-communities/

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