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nadger
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EU Fishing Rules

Let's hope we will, at last, see common sense prevail with a change in the rules regarding discards to avoid being over quota and fined.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12598660
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Re: EU Fishing Rules

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has done a good job in highlighting this situation.  Credit to him.
nadger
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I'm sure that Norway, being non EU, have a much more sensible system. Seem to have seen something about Scottish trawlers switching to use Norwegian ports.
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So do the Spanish.  They simply ignore any EU ruling they don't like Wink
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so, how much fish will be chucked back, dead, in the next two years?
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She hopes to introduce a discard ban as part of a reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in 2013.

why can`t she implement it NOW......
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why can`t she implement it NOW......
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Because like most things it just ain't that simple.  Wink
I just saw HFW being interviewed and he was quite clear that the solution was difficult, would take some working out and he was happy to leave it to the experts.
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Erm.... yes it is.... simple....
Oi`.... mr fisherman....
go out and catch fish.....
bring it home....

you have a limit of 30,000 kilos per trip....


anything you land, you can sell....
anything over 30,000 kilos (or whatever figure they deem fits) you will have to pay a surcharge on....
this way... ALL the fish caught, gets sold on, and processed/eaten.....
Fishermen can make a living... and do not feel cheated, by having to spend days/nights in extremely hard conditions sometimes risking their lives (and occasionally losing life)  to provide food for us, and then have to chuck it back in the sea which is a TOTAL WASTE.....
Total waste of fuel.... effort... manhours... and resources....
If it was necessary to implement this stupid EU rule/law, then it is just as necessary to rescind it. and easy to just "modify" the wording and set up the necessary controls to make it work....
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Now factor in what species are being fished out, etc. etc.
It is NOT that simple.  Angry
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Factor in the species that are being killed off , because they are caught but dead and chucked back.... survival of the fittest rules in nature.... man cannot make a rule that you can only catch certain types of fish... whatever get caught should be processed as I have already mentioned... when/if man can devise another method which will discriminate beteween fish species to be caught, then the silly EU rules can be applied...
The world is still going round despite there being no more dodo`s left....
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there was a program recently about Tuna fishing, the locals were using  long fishing rods and puling out one at a time, they said that this was sustainable.
Next they showed a Spanish vacuum cleaner that had exceeded the EU limits, so it WAS JUST DEPLETING THE STOCK ELSE WHERE
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Email just received  Smiley
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Dear FishFighters,

              Firstly another very massive thank-you to all of you. Passing the
650,000 mark on our discards protest letter sign up (and the number is
still rising) is a fantastic result. Myself and the whole fish fight
team are seriously thrilled. Everything you are doing to help is
hugely appreciated and most importantly it’s already started to make
an impact. We’ve already had some subs­tantial wins, many of which you
can see on the impact page on our website.
             
              Today is a particularly special day for the campaign  – as you may
have heard if you’ve caught the news. The EU fisheries commissioner,
Maria Damanaki, has called an extraordinary meeting to launch her
proposal to ban the practice of "discards” under a reformed CFP. It’s
an exciting development, that not only shows we’re being heard, but
takes us a step closer to the goal of ending this insane waste of good
fish.
             
              It’s important to mention that this is the first stage of a reform
process that will take more than a year to complete and no decisions
are going to be made at this point. Claims of “victory” for the
campaign would be very premature. My understanding is that it will be
a “closed doors” meeting to kick around some radical ideas – including
the discards ban – with fisheries ministers from all the EU countries.
We will be following what happens closely and keeping you all
informed.
             
              Meanwhile we need to keep the pressure up – and especially to get as
many European signatures as possible. Otherwise there is a real danger
that these radical ideas will get watered down by the countries that
oppose them, and we'll end up back where we started...             
             
              So we still need your help. Please forward this email to your friends
asking them to sign the petition www.fishfight.net – especially any
friends or family within Europe as their support could help to make a
massive difference. To bring them up to speed (and to remind you what
all the fuss is about!) there’s also a new page of video clips from my
Channel 4 Fish Fight shows which you can pass on and spread the word.
               
                The other good news is that 218 MP’s have now signed our Early Day
Motion (EDM) and Zac Goldsmith raised the issue of the Common
Fisheries Reform at Prime Minister’s Questions. If you haven’t
already written to your MP urging him to sign the EDM please do so!
Getting this issue debated in parliament would be a massive boost to
the campaign. You can find out how in our easy guide here.
               
                One of the things that’s inspired me the most is the way so many of
you have all shown a huge commitment to change your fish eating
habits. Reports show indisputably that sales of sustainable fish
have soared in supermarkets. We’ve also received hundreds of emails
and seen thousands of facebook posts and tweets from you all, saying
the same thing. And some of you are showing a great deal of flair in
the way you’re enjoying your sustainable fish. We’ve shared some of
these pictures as part of our Fish Fighters Wall of Fame, please do
go and take a look.
               
                This is all a direct result of your unwavering support and
commitment to action. We know how many of you have written to MP’s,
badgered your local supermarkets for more variety and have generally
been spreading the word far and wide.
But the fight doesn’t stop here! Plans are afoot for some serious campaigning over
the next few days, weeks and months. I’m more sure than ever that your efforts will
really help turn our protests into policy at the European level. So please do keep
spreading the word about the Fish Fight.
              We are, without a doubt, going to be calling on you for your help some
more – so please, as always, stay in touch…
Very best wishes,
         
 
 
  Hugh Fearnley-Whittinstall

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That's good.  It's nice to think that a little pressure from the public might have helped.
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Signatures are still needed here http://www.fishfight.net/
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654,384 signatures to date Smiley
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Further email
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Dear Fish Fighters,     
                I'm writing to you all again sooner than I had expected, but I have
just received some very exciting Fish Fight news that I'm sure
you'll want to hear about. I'm also convinced there is a great
opportunity now for direct action from you to bring about an even
better result – so please read on! Here's the headline:               
                Princes, the largest tinned tuna supplier in the UK, have committed
to making a dramatic change in the way they source their tuna.               
                They have just announced that they will stop relying on purse seine
fishing on fish aggregation devices (FADs). As we highlighted in the
Fish Fight series earlier in the year, this fishing method is
responsible for huge amounts of by catch including sharks, rays and
other fish, and even some turtles. Joining forces with Greenpeace,
we directly challenged Princes to either change the way they catch
tuna, or to remove the misleading environmental statements they were
making on their tins.               
                We're delighted to say they've chosen the former option!               
               
                Princes have pledged that by the end of 2014 all their tinned tuna
will be caught by either pole and line or FAD-free purse seine nets.               
                This is tremendous news.               
                This latest result brings the company in line with Sainsbury's,
Marks & Spencer and Waitrose, whose tinned tuna is all FAD free.
Let's not also forget Tesco, who made a fantastic commitment to go
100% pole and line back in January, just before our programmes went
out. We've also just heard that Asda have committed to match
Princes's strategy to remove all FADs from their supply chains.
               
                So what is next?     
                  That leaves just two companies - John West and Morrisons - which are
refusing to stop buying tuna caught by purse seine fishing on FADs.
We now have a massive opportunity to make these companies improve
their practices, starting with John West.               
                I'd like to ask you to help take this campaign one step further by
emailing John West to urge them to change their tuna sourcing, by
dropping FADs and/or sourcing from pole and line fisheries. You can
find all the details on how to do this on Greenpeace's website. It
will only take a few minutes to do but I'm absolutely convinced that
direct pressure from you could rapidly bring about this vital
change.               
               
                Email John West now!               
                The rest of the Fish Fight campaign continues full steam ahead! As
part of our research for a Channel 4 follow up programme we've been
talking to a wide range of NGOs, decision makers, fishermen,
scientists and industry members. Thanks to your incredible support,
we have access to all the major players  shaping the future of our
fisheries.               
                And we're also very keen to hear more about what you're up to. If
you are an individual or a family that has dramatically changed your
fish eating habits as a result of the campaign, we're really keen to
hear from you. Please do get in touch via hello@fishfight.net and
you could be featured in the next Channel 4 programme.               
                Many thanks and as always keep fish fighting!               
                Best,     
                           
                Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall