ENVIRONMENTAL campaign group Greenpeace has called for the Government to restrict so-called giant ‘supertrawlers’ – like a pair seen fishing off Cornwall last week.
It says the vessels are being allowed to “plunder our seas”, and it wants them banned from protected areas.
The group was responding to consultation by the Government on post-Brexit fishing policy.
The Government has licensed eight Europe-registered trawlers longer than 100 metres to fish in UK waters. The huge vessels, which process and freeze their catch, are blamed for the deaths of dolphins and porpoises that feed on the fish they target in nets that can stretch for more than a mile.
There was widespread anger last week at the sighting of the Afrika and Zeeland, both registered in Holland, seen 15 to 20 miles off the north Cornwall coast. The huge boats are licensed to fish in the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone, which stretches from the UK’s 12-mile limit for up to 200 miles.
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