Championing small-scale fishermen in court battle for fairer quotas

Posted by Ariana Densham — 1 May 2013 at 11:28am - Comments
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Small-scale fishermen outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Imagine if someone claimed ownership of a percentage of the sparrows in the sky or a share of the deer in our forests? Would this seem absurd to you? I agree.

Unbelievably, this is now set to be the heart of an unprecedented court battle – except that it’s over who ultimately controls the UK’s fishing quota, and therefore who 'owns' the fish in our seas. 

Battle over ‘ownership’ of Britain’s fish begins in High Court

Last edited 8 May 2013 at 2:23pm
1 May, 2013

LONDON – An unusual alliance of Greenpeace, the government, and small-boat fishermen is poised for an unprecedented court battle with Britain’s most powerful fishing groups which could decide the 30-year-old question of who ultimately controls the UK's fishing quota – a public resource estimated to be worth billions of pounds.

Environmental campaigners and small-scale fishermen will be demonstrating outside the High Court as the first day of hearings begins today, to draw attention to a landmark case which could have momentous consequences for the definition of fish as a public good and the government’s ability to ensure Britain's seas are fished sustainably.

Revealing the NFFO’s members – opening Pandora’s Box?

Posted by Ariana Densham — 15 March 2013 at 12:43pm - Comments

How would you feel if you were betrayed by the very people who are meant to be protecting your interests? This is what we discovered about the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations (NFFO) last month. It turns out that instead of standing up for small scale fishermen, they have actually been trying to deny them the wider representation in Europe that they so desperately need.

Who holds the UK fish pie? We’d all like to know.

Posted by Ariana Densham — 5 March 2013 at 6:34pm - Comments
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Sustainably caught wild bass, Newlyn

When did the world of fish become so secretive, and why? This is a question that I have been thinking about a lot recently, and which was today also questioned by The Times

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