PUBLISHED: 19:26, Tue, Mar 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 19:28, Tue, Mar 3, 2020
Fishing quotas were put in place by the European Union in order to protected the future of the industry it had to fish sustainably but some fishermen don’t believe throwing back dead fish has made any difference. The quota means a strict limit to the amount of fish commercial fishermen can be caught. Once the quota is hit anything else must be thrown back even if it’s already dead. The fishermen went on to accuse other EU states of having much larger quotas than the UK.
Speaking on BBC’s Cornwall: The Fishing life, one fisherman said: “Hake is worth a lot of money and we’ve got to chuck them away, simply as that.”
The skipper added: “We had a decent start over the first couple of days that was ok. Now we’re coming up against quota and we’re running out.
“I pretty much caught the amount of sole and haddock that I want to catch for this trip.
“It’s difficult fishing when sometimes you don’t want to catch it.
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Brussels quotas force UK fishermen to angrily throw away any excess fish (Image: BBC)
The fishermen went on to accuse other EU states of having much larger quotas than the UK (Image: BBC )
“It’s not in my nature to tow away from fish but I’m afraid the way the quota system is we have to do it so that we can work all year and the vessel can work all year.”
Another skipper, Pete Buckland added: “We’re throwing thousands and thousands of pounds of dead fish over the side because