Fishing activities of a vessel of the United States. (Photo: Stock File)
Post-Brexit greater fisheries protections gain public support
Monday, April 16, 2018, 22:50 (GMT + 9)
A new law ensuring United Kingdom fish stocks are protected from overfishing after Britain leaves the EU has been supported by more than three out of four people across the nation, according to a new study.
The poll, conducted by YouGov, shows there is widespread support amongst the British public for new laws that ensure the fishing activity is responsibly performed and protects the marine environment, with 79 per cent who believe the government has a moral duty to ensure sustainable fishing.
The study also reveals that more than four fifths of the population support an increase in government fines for illegal overfishing after Britain leaves the EU - including 86 per cent of ‘leave’ voters.
Environmental organisation ClientEarth points out that the UK is currently failing to police fisheries laws properly and out of the four biggest EU fishing nations, Scotland had the highest rates of reoffending.
“Some MPs should stop playing politics with the ocean. Healthy fish populations will ensure a profitable fishing industry and healthy seas for everyone. Whatever happens with Brexit, people want strong laws that ensure we fish in a way the ocean can support,” pointed out ClientEarth fisheries lawyer Amy Hill.
In addition, the majority of people surveyed said protecting fish stocks from overfishing should be the government’s priority in the Brexit negotiations, rather than ensuring the British fishing industry has a larger share of fish to catch.
in this regard, Hill added: “Protecting our fish and our marine life should be the government’s top priority in any future negotiations with the EU. And no matter what happens, the UK needs to cooperate with our neighbours and fish responsibly, once we leave the EU.”