MASS PROTESTS: Fishing For Leave Call Nationwide Protest
Fishing For Leave, a leading organisation of pro-Brexit fishermen, have called nationwide protests for this Sunday. Over 200 vessels will take part in ports up and down Britain.
Fishermen are enraged at the betrayal of the government which will keep Britain in the hated Common Fisheries Policy during the transition period. They fear the EU will be able to enforce ill-founded rules to cull the British fleet and use international law (UNCLOS Article 62.2) to claim the resources the UK would no longer be able to catch.
Spokesman Alan Hastings said;
The Transition is not just a 21month delay but a death sentence for what’s left of the British fishing industry as the EU will be free to enforce and impose detrimental rules on us to cull what’s left of the UK fleet.
This would then allow the EU to use international law, UNCLOS Article 62.2, which says if a nation no longer has the capacity to catch its own resources it must give the surplus to its neighbours.
The EU would be free to easily eradicate what is left of our fleet and has every incentive to do so.
The EU can achieve eradication of our fleet using the failed quota system and discard ban.
The EU can abolish the 12mile limit that protects inshore and shell-fishermen.
The EU can also change the EU relative stability quota share-outs so the EU gets even more of our resources than the 60% they catch already.
We’ve been sold out to a worse position for nothing in return.
Below we republish details of the time and location of the protests. Please support.
Newcastle First – 1000-1500 (30 vessels)
City Marina Pontoon
We ask that you join us in Newcastle on Sunday 8th April for the flotilla arriving from 12.00hrs onwards. Press will be able to travel upriver from N. Shields by request.
09.30 – Muster in North Shields
10.00 – Begin to depart North Shields vessels start to proceed slowly upriver to arrange into line astern.
10.30 – Flotilla fully underway and proceed upstream maintaining speed over ground of 6kts.
12.00 – Arrive Newcastle city centre and pass under Millennium Bridge. – Vessels to berth at pontoon and at North quayside downstream of pontoon (see red line on chart below)
13.30 – Vessels depart Newcastle city centre leaving under Millennium Bridge.
15.00 – Arrive North Shields and vessels berth or disperse to home ports.
Plymouth Largest – 1500 -1800 (80 vessels)
The Hoe – Smeaton’s Tower
We ask that you join us in Plymouth on April the 8th from 15.00hrs onwards. Press will be able to go aboard vessels by request. Press ferry also available.
15.00 – Muster in Jenny Cliff Bay in SE corner of Plymouth Sound.
16.00 – Begin two anti-clockwise laps of NW/SE rectangular circuit marked by 4 racing buoys (see chart below).
17.00 – Complete 2 laps – Finish North end. Smaller vessels pass through Smeaton Pass. Congregate under the Hoe. Larger vessels to stay south of Shoals within lap circuit (see chart below).
17.30 – Vessels disperse to their respective ports or enter Sutton Harbour. Larger vessels may berth at Victoria Pier (see chart below) whilst awaiting tide for Sutton Harbour.
Whitstable – Last – 1700-2000 (40 vessels – boat to be torched on bonfire)
West Harbour Pier
We ask that you join us at Whitstable on Sunday 8th April for the flotilla massing off the harbour from 17.00hrs. A whole fishing vessel will be brought ashore and torched to conclude.
1700 – Muster off Whitstable harbour – spread out from harbour entrance west.
1730 – Begin a slow anti-clockwise oval steam from east to west or raft up off harbour (tbc depending on weather)
1900 – Vessels begin to mass close in to harbour entrance stretching west along shore.
19.10 (approx.) – Shore side bonfire with vessel atop to be lit. Sound horns/fireworks.
20.00 – Vessels depart and return to home ports or berth in harbour.
Milford Haven – 1000-1300 (15 vessels)
The Rath Fishermen’s Memorial or Mackerel Quay.
We ask that you join us in Milford Haven on April the 8th from 12.00hrs onwards.
10.00 – Muster to West side of Harbour entrance at Red Cunjic Buoy (Q.R).
10.30 – Begin 3 anti-clockwise laps of East/West 1.5nm oval circuit from Red Cunjic Buoy (Q.R) East to Red Milford Shelf Buoy (FL.R.2.5s).
12.00 – Complete 3 laps – Finish to SW side of Milford Shelf Buoy. Sound Horns/Fireworks/etc.
12.30 – Vessels return to harbour or disperse to their respective ports.
Portsmouth – 1400-1600 (15 vessels)
Clarence Esplanade War Memorial
We ask that you join us at Portsmouth on Sunday 8th April for the flotilla massing off the shore from 14.00hrs.
1400 – Muster off Clarence Pier.
1415 – Begin a slow anti-clockwise oval steam from Clarence pier south to fortress.
1530 – Vessels begin to mass towards Clarence pier. Sound horns/fireworks/flares ~ burn EU flags.
16.00 – Vessels depart and return to home ports or berth in harbour.
Hastings – 1600-1800 – (20 vessels)
Pelham Place Car Park
We ask that you join us at Hastings on Sunday 8th April for the flotilla massing off the shore from 16.00hrs.
1600 – Muster off Hasting harbour pier – spread out from harbour entrance west.
1615 – Begin a slow anti-clockwise oval steam from harbour pier east to Hastings pier in the west.
1730 – Vessels begin to mass towards harbour pier stretching west along shore. Sound horns/fireworks/flares ~ burn EU flags.
18.00 – Vessels depart and return to home ports or berth in harbour.