Scrap it! Fishermen demands Boris create whole new UK system to ensure NO wastage

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Fishermen United Vice-Chairman Shane Farrow insisted a new system needs to replace the current Common Fisheries Policy after the Brexit transition period. While speaking on Brexit Unlocked with Martin Daubney and Belinda de Lucy, Mr Farrow argued UK fishermen did not need amendments to the current policy but for it to be scrapped altogether. He also highlighted how much fish has been wasted due to the Common Fisheries Policy.

Mr Farrow said: “Now is the time, in my view, with January 1st approaching.

“That we need to make clear that from January 1st wasting fish can no longer happen.

“The Common Fisheries policy needs to go and we don’t need a redressed and rebranded Common Fisheries policy from Boris Johnson and the Tories.

“We need a completely new framework system within the UK and that needs to be built by active and retired fishermen.

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“They will need to be working with scientists, not against each other and it needs to be done on a local level.”

Mr Daubney also asked for details on how much fish is wasted due to the restrictions of the policy.

He asked: “In terms of the size of this issue, in your area Devon, how much fish is being wasted?

Mr Farrow replied: “As of 2018, that I know of, it has been £100,000+ worth of fish dumped back over the side.

“But it is not about the monetary value, the issue is the fundamental flaws with the Commons Fisheries Policy and the EU’s policies.

“These guys don’t want to be dumping this fish.

“At the moment we are looking at Marcus Rashford’s policy on feeding school children, homeless people and we are in the middle of a pandemic.

“These guys would happily bring this fish in and have requested to do so before so they can donate it to hospitals, care homes and schools.

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“But they are not allowed to do that because of the Common Fisheries Policy as they would face a £20,000 fine.”

“Two weeks ago there was a picture of fish dumped back that same night that was caught from three hauls.

“That could have fed a huge amount of children, hundreds of children.

“But instead of being able to bring it in and being able to do that, they have had to dump it over the side.”

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