UKIP Northern Ireland Canvass in Kilkeel County Down. Kilkeel, like so many fishing towns throughout the United Kingdom, has been badly affected by EU fishing policies. Portavogie and Ardglass are other local examples.
When tiny nations such as the Faroe Islands are able to sustain a good standard of healthcare and excellent internet with only a 3% subsidy from Denmark, think what our fishermen could do for our nation given the substantial waters around our shores. Without the common fisheries policy and the exclusion of foreign trawlers from our fishing grounds, our fishing industry could quickly recover and become a substantial contributor to the economy.
Reclaim our stolen seas, Vote UKIP. Robert Hill 1
To no one’s surprise, the UK was badly treated when the quotas were divided out in 1983. With 80 per cent of the stocks, it got an allocation of just 37 per cent by volume – representing perhaps as little as 12 per cent by value.
Moreover, EU law does not even allow us to reserve these quotas for our own fishermen.
The practice known as ‘quota-hopping’ is the purchase of UK boats and shipping licences by foreign companies and ship owners to exploit UK quotas. It increased substantially after the 1986 accession of Spain and Portugal. When the Tory government tried to make it impossible for quota-hoppers to continue to operate in UK waters, it was overruled in 1991 by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), stating that the UK could not lawfully demand residence and nationality conditions before granting vessels British registration: this is known as the Factortame judgement. (Ray Finch – Stolen Seas)