MEP warns rules could put Boston fishermen out of work

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Fears have been raised new rules and regulations put forward by fishing conservation chiefs could put Boston fisherman out of work.

Lincolnshire UKIP MEP Derek Clark hit out at the Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (EIFCA) – which The Standard revealed last week is looking at a bylaw that could end trade in pink shrimp fished in the Wash.

Mr Clark said the fishermen have already suffered restrictions and were barred last season from taking 30,000 tons of cockles.

He is also upset that fishermen are also barred from taking ‘seed mussels’ from an exclusion zone around newly built offshore wind turbines. He says they face heavy fines for damaging the seabed – but have to sit by and see turbines and cabling installed.

Mr Clark said: “I want to know for how much longer the people of Boston, and Lincolnshire generally, are going to put up with this destruction of a traditional industry. Do they want to see yet more unemployment?

“Put it another way. Most of the harvest of cockles is taken by the canning factory in Boston and exported to other EU countries. This keeps other workers in employment and helps to reduce our trade deficit with the EU.”

The IFCA is applying to the Government for a new bylaw to restrict bottom towed gear from parts of the Wash. It says that will protect ross worms, eel grass, boulders and cobbles. A consultation is running until November 11.