Lyme Regis fisherman struggling to survive but campaign for sustainable fishing has received award (From Bridport and Lyme Regis News)
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Lyme Regis fisherman struggling to survive but campaign for sustainable fishing has received award
1:00pm Thursday 25th October 2012 in News
Lyme Bay fishermen are struggling to survive but their campaign for sustainable fishing has received European support.
Fishermen and West Dorset Greenpeace met with Euro MP Graham Watson and gained his backing for their campaign – Be a Fishermen’s Friend.
The campaign aims to get a fairer deal on fishing quotas for inshore fishermen.
The Lib Dem MEP has become the third member for the South West to pledge his support for a radical reform of the European Common Fisheries Policy.
Mr Watson met with 10 fishermen from Lyme Bay and Greenpeace volunteers who delivered 4,000 ‘fish cards’ signed by the Dorset public, urging him to make a stand for sustainable inshore fishermen.
Small-scale fishermen claim the UK fishing quota is distributed unfairly – although small boats account for 77 per cent of registered vessels, they have access to only four per cent of the quota.
Lyme Regis fisherman Nigel Hill was among those talking to the MEP.
He said: “We all need a reasonable quota rather than just a minority surviving quota, mainly on Dover sole. The fish quota really is diabolical for this area.”