June Mummery called out the bloc for its “appalling” system which makes it legal for the ship 14 times the size of British fishing vessels to operate off the coast of Sussex, leaving the UK powerless to stop it. The Dutch-owned Margiris which sails under a Lithuanian flag has a net 1,950ft in length and 650ft wide which has the potential to catch large fish such as dolphins and endangered bluefin tuna, even if not intended. Ms Mummery fears the giant vessel, which is seeking mackerel and herring, will leave scant supply for smaller boats.
The Brexit Party MEP for East of England told Express.co.uk: “It is huge, it’s a monster.
“It was banned from Australia and was boarded by Greenpeace activists in Chile.
“But she’s here and she’s here legally because of the CFP.
“The Margiris carries 6,200 tonnes of cargo and can process 250,000 tonnes of fish per day. They are looking after themselves, the Dutch.
“It’s only 14 miles off the Sussex coast – that’s unbelievable! It’s not sustainable fishing, they’re going to take it all, all the plankton.
“Their aim is to catch mackerel and herring but the other fish that they catch are dolphins, bluefin tuna, sea bass and John Dory. Local fishermen are banned from catching sea bass.”
Under EU rules British fishermen are not allowed to fish for sea bass unless using hooks and lines.
The area the Margiris is stationed in is considered to be a breeding ground for the overfished species.
Ms Mummery hit out at the “double standards” of climate change protesters who this week took to the streets of London to stage mass road blockades calling on the government to take urgent action against global warming.
But the group were nowhere to be seen in Sussex ports where local fishermen are having to compete with the Margiris.
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“Where are the climate change protesters?” she questioned. “It’s double standards and I am fed up.
“The ocean is being destroyed for generations to come. The ocean is just as important as every other part of our planet.”
The rules which British fishermen have to abide by under the CFP are decide by EU ministers in Brussels.
If Boris Johnson takes the UK out of the bloc without a deal it would mean fishermen would be released from the policy and a news system would be ushered in.
In an address to the European Parliament on Wednesday Ms Mummery demanded the EU address the concerns of small-scale fishermen in the UK when it comes to the Margiris.
She said: “This super trawler is known to have horrific by catch rates which endangers species such as bluefin tuna, John Dory and common dolphins in that area.
“Can you also tell me when the EU will learn that this type of fishing – factory ship – is not the way forward and start taking the environmentally-friendly small scale fishing fleet more seriously?”
A ‘MONSTER’ trawler scooping up tonnes of fish off the south east coast of England amid the Brexit deadlock could have dire consequences for British fishermen struggling to cope under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), a Brexit Party MEP has warned.
June Mummery called out the bloc for its “appalling” system which makes it legal for the ship 14 times the size of British fishing vessels to operate off the coast of Sussex, leaving the UK powerless to stop it. The Dutch-owned Margiris which sails under a Lithuanian flag has a net 1,950ft in length and 650ft wide which has the potential to catch large fish such as dolphins and endangered bluefin tuna, even if not intended.