Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

EU quotas are wrecking our fishing trade

In reply to Lewis Smith's overfishing claims in the Belfast Telegraph (News, early editions, July 11), I would like to point out that fish landed in the UK and Ireland each year has, indeed, been falling.

But not, as is claimed, by overfishing, or because the fish is not there to catch.

It is because of the EU quota system, which regulates the amount of fish that can be harvested each year and, more lately, restrictions on the number of days that boats can put to sea.

Next Sunday, July 16, may well be the day that native supplies run out.

The boats are tied up in harbour, while the Irish Sea is rich with quality local seafood that could supply chip-shops and restaurants all year round, providing much-needed employment and a top quality product.

Instead, we are happy to let EU officials wreck our local industry and force us to turn to sub-standard imports.

Show support for your local fishermen. We have been working on the sea for generations, yet no one ever thinks to ask us what is happening out there.

TREVOR ANNETT

Skipper/owner 'Atlantic'

Kilkeel, Co Down

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