Fishing boom ‘huge for Britain’ as Boris told to use Brexit freedom to exploit bluefin tun

Fishing boom to be 'huge' for UK says expert

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Chris Gill from the Cornish Handline Association told Nigel Farage that bluefin tuna is now 200kg each which could mean “huge numbers” for Britain. Speaking to Nigel Farage for his YouTube channel, Mr Gill said: “Defra need to decide on where they’re going to use this very small quota that we’ve got. I believe it’s around 50 tonnes.

“If that’s put into the recreational grounds for us to fish with a live release fishery that’s a massive number of fish.

“They estimate there’s a five percent mortality to these fish.

“Five in every 100 fish would probably die, those should be brought in and sold on the market so they’re not let go to the bottom of the sea for the crabs to eat.

“If you’re saying that these fish are 200kg each which some of them are now, 10 years ago they were a lot smaller, these numbers could be huge for this.

“The money that it could generate from tackle shops right the through to restaurants and our sales as chartered skippers.”

It comes as Brussels has been accused in Parliament of “lawlessness” in placing barriers on live UK shellfish exports.

Tory former cabinet minister Lord Lilley branded the imposition of restrictions “a flagrant abuse” and another example of the EU seeking to “punish” the UK for Brexit.

The Conservative peer made his criticism after the Government said the bloc had changed its position on the trade and the move to halt it was “unacceptable”.

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The shellfish affected include mussels, oysters, clams and cockles.

The introduction of new checks and paperwork since the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31 has caused disruption to exports of fresh fish and seafood to the EU to the frustration and anger of producers.

Hitting out in Parliament at the shellfish export ban, Lord Lilley, a prominent Brexit supporter, said: “Is not this and other measures taken recently by the EU to punish the UK for leaving its jurisdiction a flagrant abuse not only of the EU’s own laws but of several international laws?”

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He added: “I hope the minister will make this lawlessness apparent to this House, which always maintains the importance of upholding international law.”

Responding, environment minister Lord Gardiner of Kimble said the secretary of state George Eustice had written to the EU commissioner for health and food safety Stella Kyriakides.

The Tory frontbencher said: “We wish to meet her and her officials, because we simply do not understand the legal interpretation of what has come out of the Commission very recently, which is entirely contrary to what we had been told previously.”

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