TREPASSING E.U. TRAWLERS COULD SOON HAVE “CRANOGWEN” ON THEIR TAIL

The Fisheries Protection Vessel "Cranogwen" is in Penarth Marina

The Fisheries Protection Vessel “Cranogwen” is in Penarth Marina

The UK may not have actually posted-off its Article 50 notification just yet – but visiting Penarth today is one of the British Naval vessels which may soon be charged with seeing-off any EU trawlers spotted trespassing in what will again become British waters. 

The Fisheries Patrol vessel  “Cranogwen”  – now  berthed in Penarth waiting-out the weather before heading on for Swansea – is capable of reaching a top speed of 18 knots.

In the Celtic Sea (between Wales and Ireland) Crangowen currently as no choice but to impose on British trawlers  the hated EU regulations which allow France to catch far more fish than British registered trawlers:-

  • The EU allows France to catch 300% more Dover Sole than British trawlers ,
  • The EU allows France to catch 400% more cod than  British trawlers
  • The EU allows France to catch 500%  more haddock than British trawlers
The crew of Cranogwen use a rigid inflatable boat to investigate errant trawlers

The crew of Cranogwen use a rigid inflatable boat to investigate errant trawlers

Britain’s fishery patrol vessels are not quite able to outnumber the huge fleets of  predatory  foreign trawlers  plundering UK fish . There are only 4 Fishery Protection Vessels like “Cranogwen” to cover the entire  UK coastline.

Although her top -speed of 18 knots  won’t out-run most powerful EU and foreign trawlers,  the vessel is expected to play a key role in turning the tide and ultimately winning-back  control of  UK waters for British fishing fleets.(Experts claim  that foreign trawlers often have “illegally upgraded” engines which give them enough of a turn of speed to show British patrol boats a clean pair of heels.)

The government says however that modern fishery protection isn’t about  high-speed chases – and that environmentalists ought to be  pleased that the diesel fuel consumption of boats like Cranogwen is much less than that of speedier craft.

"Cranogwen" was the bardic name of Welsh female sea-captain Sarah Jane Rees

“Cranogwen” was the bardic name of  Victorian Welsh female sea-captain Sarah Jane Rees

Cranogwen is named after the bardic pseudonym adopted by the Victorian Welsh female sea-captain Sarah Jane Rees (1839-1916) . Captain Rees ecame the first woman to win the crown at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1865, beating many well-known male bards of the day. She also became a public speaker, toured the USA, established the Women’s Temperance Movement and founded a Welsh-language journal for women.

 

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3 Responses to TREPASSING E.U. TRAWLERS COULD SOON HAVE “CRANOGWEN” ON THEIR TAIL

  1. Harry says:

    Interesting article, as ever from Daily News, We learn something every day – thanks

    • Ian Perry says:

      The seas around the UK had been over fished for years, and it is EU policies, although not perfect, that have allowed fish stocks to recover. Farage had a seat in the European Parliament fisheries committee, but he attended just one out of 43 meetings – hence his apparent lack of knowledge on the situation.

      A MEP on the committee said of Farage when he turned up to vote on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy: “For three hours during the morning he sat, looking somewhat bemused, as we ploughed through hundreds of amendments. He voted for or against some and abstained on many.” (Source – FT.com)

      Fishing boats are larger than they used to be, and in order to fish economically, they travel further and spend more time at sea. It is utter nonsense to suggest that isolated Britain will have a booming fishing industry. The UK government does hand out fishing quotas, and chooses a few hugely profitable companies to give these to. Perhaps this is where the problem lies?

  2. Ian Perry says:

    The seas around the UK had been over fished for years, and it is EU policies, although not perfect, that have allowed fish stocks to recover. Farage had a seat in the European Parliament fisheries committee, but he attended just one out of 43 meetings – hence his apparent lack of knowledge on the situation.

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    A MEP on the committee said of Farage when he turned up to vote on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy: “For three hours during the morning he sat, looking somewhat bemused, as we ploughed through hundreds of amendments. He voted for or against some and abstained on many.”

    Fishing boats are larger than they used to be, and in order to fish economically, they travel further and spend more time at sea. It is utter nonsense to suggest that isolated Britain will have a booming fishing industry. The UK government does hand out fishing quotas, and chooses a few hugely profitable companies to give these to. Perhaps this is where the problem lies?

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