Did you know that 79% of the UK’s fishing fleet is made up of small-scale, local boats and yet they only get 4% of the UK’s fishing quota?
This means that most of our fish could already be caught sustainably, by low impact local fishers who not only look after our seas but also provide work in our coastal communities. But instead it’s the big industrial boats that are given the lion’s share of the catch.
Fishing quotas – how much fish different boats and fishers are allowed to catch – will be decided in December. This is a real chance for the government to give a fair share to our local fishing fleets.
Can you sign the Greenpeace petition to fisheries minister George Eustice to ask him to support small-scale fishers and protect our seas? https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/fair-fish
Last year, we all worked really hard to secure radical reform of the EU laws – the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) – that regulates quotas. These reforms mean that our government should be making sure that our fishing industry is sustainable – environmentally, socially and economically.
But so far there’s no sign anything’s going to change and big factory boats will continue to be rewarded with most of the catch, at the expense of our fish stocks and crumbling coastal communities.
Tell George Eustice we expect him to redistribute quota to local fishers who use methods that protect our fish stocks: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/fair-fish
The new laws could benefit our seas, our economy and our communities. It’s exactly the type of action we should be taking right now. Low impact, local fisheries are the solution to both the problems facing our oceans, and for the UK’s struggling seaside families and businesses.
Industrial fishing damages our fish stocks and leaves our once bustling harbours empty. We’ve already got a plan in place to reverse this decline. It’s now just down to the government to implement it.
Add your voice to the call for a sustainable UK fishing fleet: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/fair-fish
PS: It’s easy for politicians to think that no one cares about what happens out in the water, or where the fish in their supermarket come from. But together we recently sent 160,000 letters telling tuna companies John West and Princes to stop dirty fishing practices. Now let’s pile the pressure on our own fishing fleets. Please be a part of it https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/fair-fish
Shocking truth about FADs
This video shows the true face of FADs – Fish Aggregation Devices – which are used by industrial tuna fishers. They’re artificial platforms, made up of floating materials and netting. These attract all kinds of marine life – which are then scooped up indiscriminately. The unwanted ‘bycatch’- animals like sharks, turtles and rays – are then dumped overboard, dead and dying.
It’s outrageous, and Princes and John West know it. Back in 2011, a massive public campaign convinced them to commit to quit using these destructive FADs. But three years on, it looks like those promises are getting broken.
Watch the video that Princes and John West don’t want you to see:
With two months left until their commitments are due, more than three quarters of the tuna Princes sells is still being caught using FADs. John West has until 2016 to phase them out – yet our intelligence is that they plan on re-writing their promise so they can keep using FADs.
But a mass public outcry will be hard to ignore. The tuna giants have bowed to pressure before – and now it’s time to remind them that we will not let them get away with going back on their word.
Tell John West and Princes to keep their promises and cut out FADs completely:
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