One boat – the Cornelis Vrolijk 25% – South west ports 4%  – the inherent unfairness of the current quota system is the subject of the current Greenpeace legal challenge.

Western Daily Press: ‘When the millions of holidaymakers tuck into fish and chips in the coastal resorts of Somerset, Dorset and Devon, the chances are they have not heard of Cornelis Vrolijk.

He isn’t the latest addition to the revolutionary free-flowing midfield trio in the Dutch national team, or the strange Netherlands entry into the Eurovision Song Contest. In fact, there is a fairly good chance the Cornelis Vrolijk is the boat that caught the fish those grockels are eating. The irony being that while they scoff the fish and chips on quays of the fishing villages of the West, it’s likely the little fishing boats will be bobbing up and down in the harbour, while the Cornelis Vrolijk is out catching fish, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Cornelis Vrolijk is 370ft long, and although it is registered to Hull on the east coast of England, it lands everything it catches in Holland.

Last year that was 34.4 tonnes of fish, mainly mackerel, herring, scad and blue whiting – a total catch worth £17million. That equates to almost a quarter of the entire English fishing quota – all caught by one boat, and thanks to the mass production, processing and Europe-wide market for fish, it’s likely that the English fish caught by a Dutch super-trawler and landed in Holland is sold back to the English with the profits kept in the Netherlands. It’s not just the Cornelis Vrolijk.In fact there are around five foreign-owned super-trawlers that have managed to secure around half the English fishing quota between them. The 5,000 small boats, still bobbing in the harbours of the fishing ports of England – places such as Lyme Regis, Watchet, Newquay, Brixham, Porthleven – have between them received 4 per cent.’  To read more go to:

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