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Bowles backs campaign for fairer and sustainable fishing

Sharon Bowles Member of the European Parliament for South-East England, is backing Greenpeace’s new fishing campaign by becoming a ‘Fisherman’s Friend’.

Like Sharon, Greenpeace is campaigning for a fairer allocation of ‘catch quota’, most of which is given by the UK government to big fishing companies called ‘Producer Organisations’.

Consequently, inshore fishermen in the South East have been left with quota as little as half a cod per day per boat – leaving many struggling to make a living.

Sharon  said: “Local fishermen have been losing out to big business for years but what is galling is that these Producer Organisations are given so much quota by the UK Government that they end up selling some of it off to Spanish and French fishing companies, making a tidy profit in the process. In stark contrast, inshore fishermen across the South East are struggling to make ends meet because their allocated quota is so woeful, as little as half a cod per day per boat in some cases. While Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight campaign put the issue of ‘discards’ – throwing ‘surplus’ fish dead back into the sea – on the agenda, many are unaware of unfair quota allocation. I am pleased to be supporting Greenpeace’s new campaign and hope others will sign the petition and become ‘Fishermen’s Friends’ so that we can put unfair quota allocation on the agenda.”