An interesting article on how the EU helped Scottish fishermen stop destroying fish stocks.
To this Joannie I would say remember the source. Not being a fisherman and being too young to remember what was going on at the time I cannot dispel the article entirely.
When I worked at the SIC one of my jobs was administering loans to Shetland fishing boats. Through the 1980's and 1990's the landings got better and the boats got bigger. The high point was when the last incarnations of the Sunbeam and Andromeda arrived. They had to get rid of them in the early 2000's. Many other boats were decommissioned in the same period.
The Shetland fishing has had a comeback in recent years with new boats entering the fleet, partly due to recovering fish stocks.
The sunbeam and Andromeda were skiffs compared to the big EU boats fishing here at that time, paid for by grants from the EU, Spain got £1.16billion in fisheries grants last year the UK industry got £0.2 billion last year yet we are the ones with the fish stocks.