“We banned the use of more than the two-net multi-rig over ten years ago because it could flood the market with prawns and could increase the method of high-grading prawns to clear the hopper before the next haul.”
After the ships were spotted, Mike Park, chair of the Scottish White Fish Producers Association (SWFPA) wrote to Danish fishermen about the issue.
Ole Lundberg Larsen, deputy director of the Danish Fisheries Association, said in a letter to fishers: “There has been much discussion and ambiguity about the use of multi-trawl in the fishing for Norway lobster. It is not clear from the licenses simply that one has to comply with national regulations, and here, according to the Scottish authorities, there is a Scottish ban on multi-trawl. Therefore, only up to two trawls may be used for fishing in the Scottish zone.”
He blamed Brexit for the issue, explaining: “We look very critically at what is going on!
“It seems that the UK is undermining the fisheries agreement it has concluded with the EU. We have paid dearly for access to British waters, but the British are undermining access if they make such complicated and unreasonable rules that they are constantly changing.”