Foreign trawlers are dumping fish in the Channel as the Government refuses to take action to curb the practice.
Footage obtained by The Telegraph shows a Dutch fly-shooter dumping thousands of fish last month by cutting open a net.
There are strict limits on bass because of depleted numbers, but fly-shooters catch them accidentally while fishing for other species and must then return them to the sea, following UK Government rules.
Fly-shooters fish by dragging weighted ropes along the seabed with a long thin net in between, designed to capture entire shoals of fish.
Given my normal level headedness on matters environmental and economic I think I might be ready for truly radical action on fishing and trawling. Within the UK economic waters, simply ban trawling and nets at all.
Yes, an absurdity, not reasonable at all. And yet, umm, I do at least edge towards it. Our basic fisheries problem is that commons one and as long as we do have it on a hunter gatherer basis then we’re going to drive those fishies the way of the moa and the giant sloth. Humans turn up and eated them all.
You can fish with rod and line but not with a net. Nope, tough, shut up, that’s it. Here is our Navy to ensure this.
I agree entirely, insane. And yet…..