Become a Coastal Champion: Support Britain’s Low Impact Fishermen
77% of UK fishing boats are small scale (under 10m in length), and these fishermen and women are allowed to catch just 4% of the UK fishing quota.
With powerful European fleets catching twice as many fish as the ocean can handle, this failed quota system is crippling the UK’s small scale fleet and changing the way we consume fish in the UK.
Greenpeace and NUFTA are urging everyone across the UK to become a Coastal Champion by showing support for Britain’s low impact fishermen. By signing the petition here you will show your support for the action plan that will urge politicians to make the following become a reality:
- Give local, sustainable boats a fair share of quota
- Give low-impact fishing boats priority access to coastal waters (up to 12 nautical miles off land)
- Give low-impact fishing representatives a permanent seat at the table where EU-wide decisions on fishing are made
- Put marine protection measures in place in a way that benefits low-impact fishermen and coastal communities
- Reward selective fishing in order to restore fish stocks
You can sign up to be a coastal champion here and help ensure the next government put more focus on helping support local, low-impact fishermen, coastal communities.
Watch ‘The Last Fishermen’ below, a film about UK fishermen using sustainable methods and their growing fear that their future, and the future of UK fish stocks, is at risk.
Image Credit: Greenpeace
Article by Jack Bartrop