Fisheries

British fishing waters became an EU asset in 2003

The final betrayal of Britain's fishermen was confirmed in 2003, when British waters became a European Union (EU) asset, under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Edward Heath in his haste to get Britain into the Common Market fell for a swindle, conceived just days before negotiations for us to join began. It gave the other member states freedom to fish in our waters by making them a 'common resource'. Having exhausted their own fishing grounds, they wanted to get their nets into the rich fishing waters inside the British 200-mile limit. In accepting it, Heath betrayed British fishermen and gave other EU nations a licence to rob, loot and pillage our fish forever.

Since then, the ongoing process of taking control of our fishing waters by stealth has continued unchecked.

DID YOU KNOW THAT UNDER THE COMMON FISHERIES POLICY:

THE COMMON FISHERIES POLICY WAS MEANT TO ENCOURAGE CONSERVATION. INSTEAD, IT HAS PRODUCED OVER-FISHING AND A MASSIVE CONSERVATION CRISIS.

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HELP FISHERMEN BUT IT HAS DRIVEN MANY FROM THE SEA, AND FORCED OTHERS INTO BREAKING THE LAW TO SURVIVE.

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO PRODUCE HARMONY BETWEEN FISHING NATIONS INSTEAD IT HAS PRODUCED WAR AT SEA.

THE PAST DEROGATIONS HAVE BEEN A DISASTER FOR BRITISH FISHERMEN AND THE FULL APPLICATION OF THE CFP MEANS THE END OF BRITAIN'S FISHING INDUSTRY.

ONLY BY TAKING BACK WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY OURS CAN WE SAVE OUR FISH STOCKS, OUR FISHING FLEET AND OUR FISHERMEN.

(March 2005)