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UKIP Fishing Spokesman champions Thanet Fishermen


Published Apr 14, 2015

f46db4e3fad0a129b3a82610c99ed31c.jpegUKIP MEP and the Party's Fishing Spokesman Ray Finch has raised the plight of Thanet fishermen in the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee after an intervention by UKIP's South Thanet candidate Nigel Farage.

Mr Finch raised the urgent concerns of John Nichols, the head of the Thanet Fishermens Association, with regard to bass fisheries, minimum landing sizes (MLS) and more.

He said today: "...the Thanet Fishermens association have been voluntarily practising safe and sustainable fishing practices for many years. Their measures have included spawning boxes and nursery areas. However now, because of the laxness of European fishing practices, many fishermen in the UK including those in Thanet face ruin."

"John Nichols of the Thanet Fishermens Association proposed, amongst other measures, an increase in MLS and restrictions on mesh sizes in 2008 and again in 2012. Nothing was done."

Nigel Farage said today: "From Manston, to immigration concerns, to overdevelopment, and now fisheries, UKIP has led the way and championed the key issues facing Thanet today. I'm extremely proud of the positive attention we have brought the area, and if I'm elected as MP, I'll continue to be a powerful voice for this area and its needs. No other candidate can promise you that."

Transcript of Mr Finch MEP's statement:

I need to speak about the technical issues regarding the forthcoming measures on Bass fisheries. Particularly in relation to small scale fisheries.

It seems British fishermen will again be punished for the bad practices of others.

For instance the Thanet Fishermens association have been voluntarily practising safe and sustainable fishing practices for many years. Their measures have included spawning boxes and nursery areas. However now, because of the laxness of european fishing practices, many fishermen in the UK including those in Thanet face ruin.

John Nichols of the Thanet Fishermens Association proposed, amongst other measures, an increase in MLS and restrictions on mesh sizes in 2008 and again in 2012. Nothing was done.

This is the archetypal EU method of waiting until a problem reaches almost unmanageable proportions and then coming down like a ton of bricks on the guilty and innocent alike. I fully expect the Commission to put forward proposals that wreak havoc on law abiding businesses who are true guardians of the seas.

Therefore my question to the commission is: Will you ensure that artisanal fishermen in the UK be given time and compensation to enable them to survive the too much, too late, plans of the commission?

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