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“Fishermen at breaking point”

Press Release

Issued: 7th April 2015

“Fishermen at breaking point”

 

The pride, passion and anger of Whitstable’s fishermen was palpable at last week’s Greenpeace “Coastal Champions” meeting. Many are at breaking point complaining of having to sail all the way to Scarborough to fish due to limited local quotas and while inshore fishermen represent over 77% of the country’s fleet they only get 4% of the fishing quota.

 

Speaking after hearing their concerns Hugh Lanning, Labour’s parliamentary candidate, called for urgent action,

 

“The High Court ruled no one can own the fish of the sea, yet fish quotas are now treated as trading commodities by dominant major companies and the UK government allows this domination by vested interests. This has to stop. We need government to exercise the political will to challenge powerful lobbies and redistribute quotas much more fairly.”

 

“It’s a scandal that the kind of sustainable fishing our local inshore fleet does only has the chance of 4% of the quota. They need a bigger slice of the overall quota and they need it urgently to continue to be financially viable.”

 

“We must give our local inshore fishermen a bigger voice and establish better regional control over quotas. For Whitstable fishing is essential to its character and identity. It maintains jobs, attracts tourists and sources local businesses. It’s one of the greenest of our local industries and must not be allowed to perish. Without a thriving fleet in the harbour Whitstable would lose its heart. Let’s all be fishermen’s friends and fight for a bigger local quota.”

 

 

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Andy Ashenhurst

 

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Mike Bland

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