Greenpeace welcomes quota clampdown
Greenpeace says that the UK fishing quota is being used to fill the coffers of overseas operators
Greenpeace has welcomed news of a UK government review of the so-called ‘economic-link’ requirements for vessels holding UK fishing quota, which it says could lead to more quota being allocated to reponsible local fishermen.
In the report called A Wolf in Shrimp’s Clothing published last month, Greenpeace revealed that foreign interests, including some of Europe’s most powerful fishing giants and operators with serious convictions for illegal fishing, control the majority of the fishing quota held by five of the eight fish producer organisations in the UK.
Ariana Densham, Greenpeace oceans campaigner said: “This policy was supposed to ensure that those who exploit a precious and fragile resource belonging to us all do so in a way that brings benefits to our economy. Instead, we have a whole fleet of foreign-controlled vessels using UK fishing quota worth millions to fill the coffers of overseas operators, whilst local inshore fishermen have barely enough quota to scrape by.”
The ‘economic link’ policy, first introduced in 1999, is meant to ensure that the business activities of vessels fishing against UK quota, particularly those controlled by foreign interests, provide some sort of economic return for the local or at least the UK economy.
But the government’s own estimates suggest that this policy has failed to secure an adequate return for the allocation of British quota to foreign fishing interests.
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