Few families hold 29pct of UK’s fishing quota, Greenpeace reveals
Artisanal fishing vessel. (Photo: Unearthed)
(UNITED KINGDOM, 10/12/2018)
An investigation carried out by Greenpeace Unearthed project has determined that more than two-thirds of the UK’s fishing quota is controlled by just 25 businesses – and more than half of those are linked to one of the biggest criminal overfishing scams ever to reach the British courts.
As part of its investigation, the association traced the owners of more than 95 per cent of UK quota holdings.
The report shows that in England nearly 80 per cent of fishing quota is held by foreign owners or domestic Rich List families, and more than half of Northern Ireland’s quota is hoarded onto a single trawler.
The news comes as the government is preparing to publish a new fisheries bill, which will set the legal foundations for the UK’s fishing industry after Brexit.