Identifying The Problem: The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP):
Save RESTORE Britain's Fish!
Primary Source Material (the DNA):-
- The Great Deception (A History of the EU) ~ Christopher Booker and Dr. Richard North
- FLEXCIT: The Market Solution to leaving the EU ~ Dr. Richard North et al.
- Consultation on a National Policy on Fisheries Management in UK Waters ~ Owen Paterson January2005
- Campaign For An Independent Britain: The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) ~ John Ashworth:-
- The Common Fisheries Policy – Part 1
- The Common Fisheries Policy – Part 2
- The Common Fisheries Policy – Part 3
- The Common Fisheries Policy – Part 4
- The Common Fisheries Policy Part 5: Spanish Accession
- The Common Fisheries Policy part 6: The public swallowed the propaganda
- The Common Fisheries Policy part 7: FleXcit: Our fisheries’ future.
- The Common Fisheries Policy Part 8: Can we believe anything?
- Cameron’s deceit over sovereignty
Fisheries: 1. Problem
1.1 Original Problems:-
The challenge here is to summarize a history stretching from 1970 and even beyond the present past 2020. However that's plenty of time with which to build a very strong evidence basis concerning a problem with Fisheries Policy, to quote FLEXCIT: 14.0 Fisheries:-
"While there are aspects of the CAP which may be tolerable, at least in the short to medium-term, there are no redeeming aspects of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)."To quote and paraphrase John Ashworth's Fisheries work above: At the end of June 1970, just before the UK was in the process of joining the EEC, the original six members "created the Fisheries regulation 2140/70".
"In laymen’s language, that is, on becoming a member of the then EEC, now EU, the fishery limits bestowed on a Nation by International Law, are handed to the EU, to become Community waters, shared equally and without discrimination, with every other Member Nation."What is significant is the timing of this new regulation which became adopted into the acquis communautaire before the UK Prime Minister Heath had completed his formal application for membership to the EEC. And therefore the PM lied about the Fisheries in order to successfully gain membership by adopting the entire acquis as part of the requirement of the EU Treaties rules themselves.
"As Britain had the largest living marine resource within the EU. We had, by our Accession Treaty obligation share it with every other member – end result – our vessels had to go."
"The British people were not told these facts, in fact the very opposite."
1.2 Continuity of Problems:-On "EU Reform" applied to Fisheries:-
"This so-called reform is not the CFP, but a political management tool that is a derogation from the CFP, and this “reform” that our British politicians claim to be a wonderful achievement to obtain, is actually part of the political process to full integration – community waters – community fleet – based on non-discrimination, as stated in the Treaties."Further problems are highlighted by the fact that Norway did not join nor did Iceland and then Greenland left - Because of Fisheries to a large degree. Coupled to this:-
"Spain, whose application was filed in 1977, would join. Indeed, along with Portugal it did join in 1986, bringing a massive fishing capacity with little resource, tipping the capacity to resource ratio the wrong way.Things were further complicated by Greenland leaving the then EEC in 1985, another loss of resource and again, because of fishing."What happened with the "skewed fishing capacity to resource ratio" was that the British politicians had to find a way to decimate the British fishing vessels to make space for the Spanish:-
"Britain tried to secure a 50 mile exclusive fishing zone, and later attempted to seek a higher percentage share of the quota, but the other Member States said, “no, go and read the Treaties” – something the British are not good at."
"The Accession of Spain and Portugal sailed through our Parliament during 1985, without hardly any questions being asked."
"Genuine reform can only be implemented by unanimous agreement. Meanwhile, the integration process rolls onwards and the obliteration of the British fishing fleet continues, in a most devious manner."
The deviousness all came from the British side"
"These same people had a problem:- knowing full well that the execution of British fishermen had to take place, but having to do it without the British people knowing.
In the second half of the 1980s, and into the 1990s two situations were happening: large amounts of juvenile fish were being dumped dead back into the sea, and the sand eel stocks, which play a crucial role in the food chain, were being hammered.
The industry highlighted these problems, and through some brilliant research by the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen, groundbreaking information was provided on how, by changes ot the gear design, the small fish would not be caught.
Our own Ministry firstly denied either of the events were taking place then secondly went into silent mode, appearing to want to take no action. At that time we did not appreciate why.
One area where the EU excels is if they have a problem, sometimes a crisis ensues which they can use to solve the problem and at the same time further the integration process. This is called a beneficial crisis."
1.3 Present Problems:-
"Even now the present Westminster Fisheries Minister George Eustice MP states he is a “strong eurosceptic”, who is pleased with his Ministry’s so called “CFP reform”.
"As far as the UK is concerned, the fundamental principle on which a policy should rest is that the fish and other sea creatures within the UK’s fishing zone of 200 mile/median line are the property of the nation as a whole. Custody of that resource lies with the central and devolved governments."
- Equal access: All
waters of the member states, up to the shore (base) line is shared
equally with every other member state. Apart from during the early
1970s, you never heard the equal access principle mentioned, even though
it was created at the very start of the Common Fisheries project – as
far back as 1970.
- To a common resource: All living marine life is a common resource.
- Without discrimination: One of the main principles of the EU membership which our Prime Minister does not want to understand.
- Without increasing fishing effort: So if a new member has large capacity and little resource, that capacity has to be absorbed with no increase in catching more which means someone has to go.
"Meanwhile the only “British waters” are so limited that the fishing of those waters thas now been relegated to a cottage industry which only exists thanks to a derogation within the 6 and partial 6 to 12 mile limits, which the other EU member states are under no obligation to renew."FLEXCIT: Stage 4 - Restoring independent policies ~ 14.0 Fisheries
The figures themselves told the story. In 1972, a total of 939,800 tons was landed by British vessels, compared with 145,850 tons landed by foreign vessels. Vessel numbers were then not accurately recorded (and nor indeed was the entire UK catch). But in 1995, we know that 9,200 fishing vessels landed 912,000 tonnes of fish– not a great difference, but then the CFP was only just beginning to bite."
"In 2002, however, after Commission effects to reduce the fishing effort, there were only 7,578 vessels, which landed 686,000 tonnes – a 25 percent reduction in catches over eight years."
"By 2012, the UK fleet had dropped to 6,406 vessels, comprising 5,032 ten-metre and under vessels and 1,374 over ten-metre vessels. Landings dropped to 627,000 tonnes, with a value of £770 million. But the real contrast came with the imports. In the same year, these reached 638,410 tonnes, valued at £2.6bn. Of that, £797 million came from the EU-27, a significant proportion of which were caught in UK waters."
"This provided a graphic illustration of the way the CFP worked. Access to fishing grounds had been dominated by political considerations, on the basis of "equal access" to what was defined as a "common resource"."
Abstraction of Problems:-
- Power Grab by EEC on political bartering of EEC Membership
- Great Deception and abuse of power by our Prime Minister on advising membership at the same time as lying about Fisheries.
- Derogation under Supranationalism instead of International Law is a clear reduction in British Sovereignty
- So-called Pooling of Sovereignty has led to the wilful destruction of our Fisheries Industry and a Conservation disaster used as a political tool.
- British Political Establishment (politicians and civil service) acting in great betrayal against the British People directly ie aberration of our political systems.
- Example of "Beneficial Crisis" manipulation by the Supranational EU for greater integration of "ever closer union" eg Community Waters.
- Imitative deceptive behaviour by successive British politicians sustain the original problems eg current Fisheries minister and David Cameron on "EU Reform" as a phrase to avert the problem identification and historic factual record.
- Continual misrepresentation of the nature of the Supranational EU Political Project which has repercussions to the upcoming EU Referendum.