NFFO under pressure over foreign vessels

The fisheries minister is concerned that vessels owned by overseas operators are exploiting UK fishing quota The fisheries minister is concerned that vessels owned by overseas operators are exploiting UK fishing quota

Following the announcement of a clampdown on foreign fishing vessels profiting from UK quotas, the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) is under pressure to reveal the amount of fishing quota held by its foreign controlled members.

This comes after environmental group, Greenpeace revealed evidence of large scale quota exploitation of Spanish controlled vessels affiliated to the Fleetwood Fish Producer Organisation (FFPO), a fishing consortium represented by the NFFO.

Research revealed that the Spanish fleet, which has not been seen by local people for over a decade, has been pre- selling millions of pounds worth of fish to Spain, caught using quota allocated to Lancashire fishermen.

Ariana Densham, oceans campaigner, Greenpeace, said: “Last year the federation came out in favour of a public register of quota holders arguing that it would stop 'hysterical speculation'. Now that the speculation has turned into troubling evidence, it’s time for the NFFO to put its money where its mouth is and be transparent about how much fishing quota is held by its foreign-controlled members.”

The fisheries minister is concerned that vessels owned by overseas operators are contributing little or nothing to the British economy, instead exploiting UK fishing quota to take what should be UK profits.

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