Fisheries gets out of North Sea consultations

The Dutch fisheries will immediately exit from the North Sea consultation, the consultation between the government, energy companies, environmental organisations and the fisheries sector. Fisheries was already critical due to the arrival of wind turbines and natural parks. Actions of Greepeace at the Dogger Bank are the straw.

In a letter to Minister Carola Schouten (Fisheries), the various fisheries organisations do not show any prospects for the future. The construction of large-scale wind farms, the necessary nature compensation, the ban on pulse fishing and the uncertainties surrounding Brexit remain little room for Dutch fishing. That Greenpeace, as a participant in the North Sea Agreement, then dump large boulders on the Dogger Bank in the North Sea, is called the ‘world on its head’.

Radical campaigners

, Radical activists who endanger fishermen‘s lives by dumping cobblestones the size of cars on legal fishing grounds, are not put in the way of straw,โ€ says Guss Pastoor, Chairman of the Fisheries Federation. , โ€œWe want the Dutch government to finally fight for us.โ€

The fishing lobby, including the Dutch Fishing Federation and the Fishing Federation, decided on Wednesday afternoon in joint consultation not to sit at the table anymore with the parties in the North Sea talks. ‘The intentions in the North Sea Agreement in the field of energy extraction in the North Sea, combined with other relevant developments, seriously threaten the perspective of the entire fishing chain; landings, processing and trade. Under these circumstances, we cannot be required to sign the North Sea Agreement without a better perspective for Dutch fisheries,โ€ they write to the Minister.


Dutch fishermen see threats coming from all sides. With the arrival of wind farms and Brexit, their fishing area is shrinking considerably. The Dutch fleet extracts about 40% of the catch from British waters which are in danger of being closed without a Brexit deal.

Fishermen want politics to put the dangers of Brexit on the agenda in Brussels and to bring forward the Dutch interest. In addition, they ask the Minister to distribute space in the North Sea more evenly. The cabinet must also raise the ‘outdated’ pulse ban in Brussels with more pressure. The International Council for Sea Research Ices concluded earlier this year that pulse, fishing with power straws, is less harmful to the seabed and ecology than fish with traditional towed nets. Brussels has never rejected an Ices opinion before.

Greenpeace argues that the fishermen are abusing the action of the environmental movement because it was clear before that too that the fishermen would not sign the agreement. Environmentalists accuse fishermen of not being able to step over their shadow.