Protect our sea fishing & save money

Many fishing vessels come to our waters from Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland, England & Wales.

They remove large numbers of fish/queenies/scallops.

Fishing for queenies and scallops does a great deal of damage to our sea bed.

Many such vessels do their fishing here but return to their home ports to process our fish/queenies/scallops.

There are reports of some such vessels waiting for our fishing protection vessel to be moored up for the weekend etc - then doing some illegal fishing close to the shore/restricted areas and zooming off with their holds full. Some reports of visiting boats turning off their electronic identification equipment so they cannot be identified. 

We need to increase the amount of money paid to us by visiting fishing vessels.

Step up the monitoring of visiting boats to prevent illegal fishing.

Perhaps impose a 12 mile fishing zone instead of 3 miles. 

Perhaps foreign boats should have to land their catches here on the island.

We should look at all means to preserve our national recources and make money out of them for the island.




Why the contribution is important

The Manx sea bed is being plundered of fish/queenies/scallops.

This idea would lead to better management of the sea bed and make more money for the island from of it.

by Hemmingway on April 17, 2017 at 12:03PM

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  • Posted by ManxVoter April 17, 2017 at 13:00

    Hear, hear - farm our seas, don't plunder them!
  • Posted by Maclirmanannan April 17, 2017 at 15:59

    Sounds reasonable but I do wonder about the taxation on fishing. Heard stories of locals landing £100k+ per week in season. More taxation could lead to more resource to police & support local initiatives.
  • Posted by xt512 April 19, 2017 at 05:01

    It is very hard to find a more damaging form of fishing than dredging for shellfish. Once the dredges have gone through the ground it destroys the habitat for other species of life.
    We traded our fishing rights for oil and gas rights if they find them.
    We have signed up to the biodiversity agreement but allow this form of fishing to be used.
    We could and should greatly increase the harbour dues for fishing vessels
    We could and should set up more no fishing by dredge areas or not allow it within 3 miles of the island
    The fines for illegal fishing should have some element of environmental damage and could fund the nature reserves
  • Posted by Hemmingway May 01, 2017 at 15:07

    Since posting this idea I have heard from several Manx fisherman about the problems relating to dredging and overfishing in the Manx waters.
    1. The dredging system does not just pull up the shellfish (queenies etc) but also brings up all sorts of fish. These fish are often then stored on board the boat and sold back at the ship's home port. (Often on the "black" fish market.) So on the IOM we can lose out doubly to visiting boats.

    2. The visiting boats, when leaving the IOM, will "cut across" a protected area or go close in to the shoreline as they leave the island. (They will say they are returning home - and so they are much less likely to be checked by a Fisheries vessel". The dredging gear will be put down for a while then hauled up as the boat heads home. The result is some extra shellfish to sell at their home port.

    3. The boats have come a long way from their home ports because their local fishing is "fished out".
    Hence they pay for licences to fish around the IOM. IF we are to licence these visiting boats then the price of the licences for these visiting boats must be set very high. There are large numbers of these boats coming - and the long term damage to our seabed/environment/ and fishing will be very bad.

    4. Manx queenies sell at a premium price in the uk and abroad. Yet many of these are fished by foreign boats in our waters and the queenies processed in foreign ports. We should be the ones who sell the queens and make the premium.

    Therefore we need to be very tough with our licensing. Make it much more expensive for foreign boats to get a licence and monitor them better.
  • Posted by newbroom May 01, 2017 at 18:12

    The Isle of Man has jurisdiction over its territorial waters (Manx Waters) to 12 nautical miles. I believe that there are a number of reciprocal agreements that allow UK vessels to fish in the Island's territorial waters. The agreements allow Manx access within British Fishery limits.

    I wonder how many IOM fishing vessels fish in UK territorial waters?
    Is there any benefit to Manx fishing vessels and to the Isle of Man to continue with such "reciprocal agreements"?

    UK vessels are here for a reason - their own areas are "fished out" and there's a profit to be made in Manx Waters.
  • Posted by Hemmingway May 08, 2017 at 08:26

    "Newbroom" is right. Fishing vessels are coming to Manx waters because their waters are getting fished out. We should have better control over our own waters and be able to farm the sea for our own benefit.
    A diver was reported recently saying that thirty years ago they might see one thousand or so fish during a dive here in Manx waters. Many of them were large fish.
    Ten years ago they might see several hundred fish during a dive here. With fewer large fish.
    Now -they see maybe thirty to fifty fish during a dive.
     Also, there are less and less big fish. most of the fish now are small ones.
  • Posted by endeavour May 09, 2017 at 20:35

    The UK/Irish boats are allowed to pay an annual harbour due of £93 instead of a nightly fee! Clearly wrong when the catch is landed in the UK, they don't pay any IOM tax etc so should be paying a high fee for an overnight berth in the harbour!
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