Why in the name of God do we allow RUSSIAN trawlers to fish in our waters? JOHN GARTSIDE | Express a comment | Comment
When we left, we dutifully canceled that Free Trade Agreement (FTA). This proved to be more advantageous for the Faroese than for the British, especially the Shetland Islanders whose fishing grounds are closest. The Faroese, being a cunning people, also negotiated a fisheries agreement with Russia under which the Faroese would have access to the Barents Sea and an abundant supply of cod in exchange for access to their fishing grounds. Surprisingly, at the beginning of the summer, Russian factory ships were seen in our sector of the common fishing zone.
Meanwhile, in England, we buy Russian cod. Does this mean that we no longer have enough fish in our exclusive economic zone now that we have left the CAP?
Absolutely not, we have seas teeming with fish, including cod, but unfortunately the Conservative Party has decided that our fishermen should not have enough quota to meet our needs.
During this time, foreign fishermen are welcome to catch our fish without any supervision of their activities.
Furthermore, with the ongoing conflict between the government and Russia, our fishermen are being further hammered by the Conservatives’ failure to compensate them and our farmers for the exorbitant diesel costs they are now facing in part because of Conservative foreign policy. the decisions.
Regardless of the Conservatives’ victory in this leadership race, the future of our aboriginal fishing industry is bleak.
In Denmark, fishermen and farmers have united in their protests against the government’s “green” policies.
What will it take for the Conservatives to wake up and see the damage they are causing to our primary producers through their policies?
John Gartside is the UK Independence Party’s Fisheries Critic