BRITAIN and the

COMMON FISHERIES POLICY

When Britain joined the "Common Market" in 1973, part of the package required Britain to hand over to the European Economic Community exclusive competence of the British Marine Resource within British waters. As a result EEC (now European Union) waters were formed and the resource became common, shared equally, without discrimination, among all present and future Members States. This is the equal access principle. In 1983, a Conservation and Management policy was agreed for 20 years. This is mistakenly referred to as the Common Fisheries Policy. The real policy is equal access to the common resource.

The Conservation and Management policy had two purposes:

1st Purpose

During the 20 year period to merge together the individual Member States fishing fleets into one EU fleet by the year 2003. This would be achieved under a temporary derogation from equal access.

2nd Purpose

Allegedly to preserve fish stocks in order to maintain sustainable fisheries in European Union waters and in those waters where European Union vessels fished in Third Nation's fishing zones.

 

IS FISHERIES MANAGEMENT DIFFICULT?

 

FOOD SUPPLY

This can be destroyed by coastal pollution, from the land, dumping ofwaste at sea, aggregate extraction,and global warming, which can change currents and water temperature.

 

The taking of small fish either for industrial purposes, or dumpingthrough incorrect methods of management.

 

 

 

 

The Pyramid of Life

JUVENILES

If you destroy the juveniles, in whatever form, then there will be no adults for the future.

ADULTS

No adults means no breeding, no offspring, and the cycle is broken.The Minimum Landing Size of each species of fish allowed to be caught should be above the minimum breeding size.

THE 20 YEAR TRANSITIONAL EU FISHERIES PLAN

(A)

The political driving force and over-riding objective, is the creation of one Unit: One EU fleet - One EU waters - where the Marine resource, plus that purchased in Third Country agreements, balances the EU fishing vessel capacity.

(B)

It is agreed, even by the most ardent supporters of the CFP, that this period has been a disaster for conservation and management.

 

The EU Fisheries master plan, post 2002, was to have extended from Svalbard (North Norway) to Gibraltar, but this was thwarted by the rejection of membership to the EU by the people of Norway, so this area is now from the Norwegian median line down to Gibraltar.

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