Our hopes and objectives
Creating a new fisheries policy that will be both environmentally sustainable and [ economically viable. Replacing the CFP quota system with a fishing credits system eliminating discard but rewarding sustainability and community based fishing practices.
Regional needs vary hugely around the UK coastline, blanket policies are useless as a one size fits all approach does not work with an industry as diverse as fishing.
We propose a Regionally managed Fishing credit scheme, where industry, science and environmental NGOs will work to assess fishing opportunities and award credits based upon species stock assessments and the Sustainable fishing methods. All species count towards credits for a fishing area. Endangered species use more credits, prolific stocks have a smaller credit score. All can be retained so wasteful discards can be avoided. Once a ship or area exhausts its credits, fisheries will be closed until the next season.
This system will reward low impact methods with more credits, to focus on best practice and lead the industry towards a sustainable, economical and viable future.
We will work with existing marine conservation zones. Scientific and industry-based cooperation shall encourage increased protection for sensitive areas and allow access only to low impact fishing methods.
We wish to actively encourage community-based fisheries, maximising local jobs and shore based services and value adding initiatives.
We will encourage greater cooperation with other stakeholders in the marine environment, pushing for mitigation rather than compensation for loss of grounds to renewables, we believe there are many opportunities for a cohesive and inclusive approach, sharing marine habitats for the greater benefit of all rather than restricting access or closing off areas.
We will also see the UK National waters returned to our control. Access for foreign vessels will be on terms agreed by UK gov and consultation with stakeholders.
The EU’s common fisheries policy has failed the U.K. fishing industry, compounded by neglect and apathy from successive UK governments. This must be reversed and UK national resources returned for the benefit of UK coastal communities.