must stop tacitly supporting supertrawlers
Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on the European
Parliament to stop backing multinational supertrawler operators
at the expense of ordinary fishing communities.
Ireland South MEP made the call after the European Council rejected
amendments she put forward on the characterisation and definition
of fishing vessels.
are major flaws in legislation that do not properly distinguish
between small-scale, traditional and artisanal fisheries and large-scale
industrialised fisheries, she said.
my position on the Fisheries Committee I put forward a number of
proposals which would have balanced out some of these glaring inequalities,
such as taking into account other vessel size attributes besides
vessel length, their social role in coastal communities, the ecological
impact of their gears, fishing and fuel capacity, processing ability
and output, and the economics of the enterprise.
amendments were all supported by the Committee but were shamefully
opposed by the Council.
needs to take a step in the right direction in regulating these
industrial floating factories that have been catastrophic for local
communities and their small fleets, marine biodiversity and stocks.
Common Fisheries Policy, relative stability and its ITQ system has
enabled governments to auction off fish to multinational predators
operating these colossal factory ships pushing out ordinary small-fishermen.
traditional fishing communities are to survive the EU must establish
proper technical and legal distinctions of small boats from large
vessels. The de facto EU policy of supporting these multinational
giants at the expense of ordinary fishing communities must come
to an end.