Fishermen demand unrestricted access to waters

fishermen demand unrestricted access to waters

Great britain’s imminent exit from the EU worries german fishermen. For deep-sea fishing, the brexit could mean in the worst case scenario that no more north sea herring could be caught.

This is what the chairman of the german deep-sea fishing association, uwe richter, told the german press agency in schwerin. 100 percent of the german herring quota for the north sea was caught in the british economic zone. Moreover, a not inconsiderable part of the mackerel, at least 50 percent, comes from the 200-nautical-mile zone of great britain. Alternative options were scarce.

The deep-sea fishing association hopes that the brexit negotiations will result in fishermen from EU member states being allowed to fish in the british economic zone as they have done up to now. The british fish industry also needs europe as a sales market in the future, richter said. "British access to the european internal market must be linked to european fishermen’s access to the british 200-nautical-mile zone," he demanded. "Fisheries issues must not be separated from trade negotiations. The future direction of the trade is an important bargaining chip for the industry."

Richter said: "our goal for the future must also be to reach an agreement on the future joint, sustainable management of the fish stock."At present, more than 100 fish stocks are managed jointly within the framework of the eu’s common fisheries policy, said richter. But negotiations have not yet reached that point, he conceded.

According to richter, the german deep-sea fishing industry, which has three member companies in bremerhaven, cuxhaven and sassnitz, employs around 450 people, 340 of whom are "mobile personnel. They are on the move worldwide on a total of eight fishing vessels. In addition, there are numerous jobs on land, especially in herring processing and logistics.