The NFFO has welcomed the news that Shadow Fisheries Minister Luke Pollard has denounced Greenpeace actions in English Channel
The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation (NFFO) has welcomed the decision from Shadow Fisheries Minister, Luke Pollard MP, to publicly denounce Greenpeace.
Mr Pollards decision was made in relation to the environmental organisation’s actions last week. Greenpeace are accused of dumping boulders off the south coast of England in the Offshore Brighton Marine Conservation Zone, in the vicinity where a fishing vessel was recently lost in tragic circumstances.
The NFFO condemned the actions by Greenpeace and have called on the UK Government to take action in what has been seen by the fishing community as an attempt to endanger fishing vessels.
The Labour MP from Plymouth himself denounced the Greenpeace action as “tone deaf”.
The NFFO had written to all the leaders of the main political parties, and to the UK Fisheries Ministers and Shadow Minister, pressing them to condemn Greenpeace’s reckless act. Mr Pollard has been the first politician to speak out against the actions to which the NFFO replied, “Full credit to Shadow Fisheries Minister, Luke Pollard MP, for publicly disowning Greenpeace…”
Greenpeace has been actively condemning the fishing community for allegedly fishing in special areas of conservation and in marine protected areas. In October, Greenpeace dumped boulders on the Dogger Bank SAC.
This is the 2nd boulder barrier we’ve built. Last year we created one in Dogger Bank Marine Protected Area.
That’s now over 100 square miles of “protected” waters off-limits to bottom trawlers thanks to Greenpeace activists. 💪🎉💪🎉 pic.twitter.com/WgFcVaN3Ub
— Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK) February 26, 2021
Greenpeace has responded to the NFFO’s defence of fishermen by issuing a freedom of information request to the Marine Management Organisation, demanding copies of all agenda and reports on meetings with the NFFO.
“We can help!” says the NFFO.
“This is what we told the MMO:
“It is quite plain that Greenpeace believe that they are operating under an umbrella of impunity and will continue, and possibly escalate, illegal activities against the fishing industry at time and place of their choosing.
“The fishing industry has the right to demand protection and immediate and proportionate enforcement action. Proportionate in this context means that penalties and enforcement action should be on a scale to have a dissuasive effect on Greenpeace’s future illegal activities.
“You cannot but be aware of the effect that the MMO’s lack of action on this issue has on the fishing industry’s morale and perception that they are not being dealt with in an even- handed way. Greenpeace may have friends in high places and the media but this cannot abrogate the MMO from its responsibility to execute its duties fairly, proportionately and in an even handed manner.”