‘EU killing our fishing!’ French MEP breaks cover and demands Macron stand up to Brussels

French MEP, France Jamet, has claimed the quotas imposed on fishermen in the western Mediterranean is “killing” the industry. Such are the unfair conditions placed on fishermen in the region, she claimed the future of the industry is now under threat. In a video published on her Twitter account, the MEP issued a demand to French President, Emmanuel Macron to defend fishermen.

She said: “EU quotas are killing artisanal fishing in the Mediterranean.

“We must stop the increasing number of European administrative standards and unfair policies towards our artisanal fishermen.

“We must put an end to the ‘double standards’ of the EU, on the one hand we are prevented from fishing in the Mediterranean, and on the other we favour industrial fishing by giant trawlers, which like the Scombrus plunder the English Channel and the Atlantic coast for the benefit of the Netherlands.

“Those responsible for the impoverishment of the fishery resources are above all the polluters and not the fishermen.

“France needs its fishermen, let’s defend them!”

Although the EU pledged to defend fishing rights during Brexit talks, and indeed environmental standards, some fishing levels in certain regions were set above scientific recommendations.

Last month, fisheries ministers for the EU 27 reached an agreement on fish stocks for this year but set fishing quotas higher than had been planned.

Ministers also defied the European Commission’s proposal to reduce fishing days by 15 percent in 2021.

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Ships, such as the Frank Bonefaas, which is owned by a UK subsidiary of the Dutch fishing group, Cornelis Vrolijk have heavily used Britain’s waters. 

Even after Brexit, there is concern over the number of foreign-owned supertrawlers which will be able to use the UK’s waters.

Within the agreement signed between the UK and EU, European fleets will still maintain access to Britain’s waters.

However, over a five-year period, they will also return 25 percent of their catch to the UK.

Due to this, many UK fishing groups have issued their concern over the small return in quotas.

Following the end of the five-year period, the two will then carry out negotiations to decipher how the catch is shared.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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