APPENDICES TO THE MINUTES OF EVIDENCE
Memorandum submitted by Save Britain's
There are four serious issues facing the United
Kingdom Fishing Industry and ancillary Industries.
1. 2002 REVIEW
Unless a new non-discriminatory management system
is put in place by 31 December 2002, agreed upon by qualified
majority voting, then one second past midnight the one and only
CFP, as per the acquis communautaire, that of the equal access
principle, will commence automatically. All Spain has to do, is
say "No" to everything and push the other Member States
to that deadline.
Most of the suggestions put forward for this
so called review, and in turn the 2003 onwards management system,
commonly, but incorrectly, called "a new CFP", are discriminatory.
To obtain that you need unanimity.
Can that be possible? The Amsterdam Treaty has
given the European Union (EU) powers to draw up legislation to
tackle most forms of discrimination. In June 2000, the EU Governments
agreed to adopt the first directive based on these new Treaty
provisionsa law designed to outlaw discrimination in all
areas of nationality, race, sex, religious belief, disability,
age or sexual orientation.
You would have to overturn the Amsterdam Treaty.
MAFF will answer the problem is solved by the retention of "relative
stability", but MAFF are fully aware that because of EU Treaties,
the present discriminatory form of "relative stability"
Many feel the discriminatory suggestions put
forward for 2003 are confirmed as acceptable in the Green Paper.
This is not the case, as this paper is a consultation document.
No where is it stated that these suggestions have legality.
However clues can be found as to the future
outcome. For example: At the same time ensuring that Fisheries
governance remains compatible with the legal and institutional
framework of the Treaty and that it does not affect the global
and Community characters of the CFP.
The CFP is that of the acquis communautaire,
not the present 20 year (1983-2002) exemption from the acquis.
3. COD RECOVERY
The closed area was taken from the log sheets
based on the last five years' fishing. It was done with the full
knowledge it would force Fishermen to operate in areas of small
fish. To allow Industrial Fishing under the cover of "sandeels"
in these areas with mesh sizes less than 16mm is immoral.
These recovery plans will not increase fish
for human consumption, it is possible they will have the opposite
effect. What will happen is that the Scottish fleet will be financially
disadvantaged, and by 2003, when Spain has secured a system of
tradable quota/permit, the Scottish fleet will be ripe for take-over.
In the meantime not one cod will be saved, but
the obligation of the Treaties will have been secured.
4. THE FOOD
There is no doubt in the minds of Save Britain's
Fish that the primary cause of white fish stock reductions, is
down to the destruction of the feed source. Secondary causes are
the removal of several Minimum Landing Sizes which has legalised
the sale of baby fish, and the increase in seal population.
MAFF will dispute these causes intensely, but
none of their arguments stand scrutiny. We have been through most
of this before in the BarentS Sea, and the same symptoms are appearing
now in the North Sea.
White fish stocks will never recover until the
feed source situation is rectified, predator capacity adjusted,
and juveniles protected.
16 April 2001