Greenpeace research shows five largest foreign-owned vessels alone hold 32% of English fishing quotas
More than two fifths of England’s quota for the fish it can catch is held by foreign-controlled fishing businesses, according to an investigation by Greenpeace.
The environmental campaign group is urging the government to give more quota to smaller-scale, local fishermen whose activities have a lower impact on the environment, benefiting coastal communities and marine wildlife.
Research by Greenpeace shows that much of the quota allocated to the UK by Brussels under the European Common Fisheries Policy is concentrated in the hands of a small number of industrial fishing companies, many of whom are controlled by foreign firms.
It found that the five largest foreign-controlled vessels hold 32% of the quota managed by English marine authorities, and that 43% was held by foreign-controlled businesses.