Experts warn relations between fishermen and Government are at historic low as poll found concerns Ministers are out of touch
BRITISH skippers want to see loathed fishing quotas scrapped after Brexit and replaced with a reduction in days at sea, a new survey has shown.
As experts warn relations between fishermen and the Government are at an historic low, Cardiff University polled almost one in ten of fishing boat captains.
And they found concerns Ministers are totally out of touch with the views of Britain’s ocean going strivers.
The study found that two thirds of skippers want the EU’s hated Commons Fishery Policy totally scrapped, with a similar level of support for ALL foreign boats being completely excluded from British waters once the UK has left the EU.
And 56% of skippers instead favour a “days at sea” method of controlling British fishing waters.
A new system would see a limit on the number of days boats can fish rather than a cap on the amount and type of fish that can be caught.
The University of Cardiff report “Management of UK fisheries post-Brexit: a fisherman’s perspective” argues that to save the industry, smaller vessels should be excluded from any quota system after Brexit.
The findings fly in the face of national fishing federations and large fishing fleets who have argued the caps could stay after Brexit.
And the study concludes that the fishermen are “open to change” and are “willing to assist wherever possible to ensure the long-term prosperity of the industry.”
However not a single fisherman who responded to the survey believed that the industry had a “very good” relationship with the Government, and 92 per cent of those polled said relations were “poor” or “very poor”.
While three quarters of the fishermen polled said the current system does not work, the report concludes that Fishing Minister George Eustice’s resolute defence of “crucial” quotas “perhaps shows him to be out of touch with the industry he is working for”.
Last year Mr Eustice vowed “that Brexit can be a good deal for British fishermen because we regain control” and “the truth is that things will change in a very fundamental way.”
But the report highlighted widespread industry concern that the “Government will adopt the status quo” after the UK quits the EU — despite the wishes of fishermen.
Fishing for Leave boss Alan Hastings told The Sun: “The report shows an overwhelming majority of the industry see continuing the disaster of quotas and the mass discarding of fish they cause as flogging a dead horse.”
He went on: “The findings of this survey graphically illustrate that the majority of the industry want a fresh start.”
Adding: “This is in stark contrast to the position of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations who purport to represent the industry and who want to retain the very system of quotas to which the grassroots are opposed.”
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