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Brexit could damage small fishing communities—just look at Poole

The “Leave campaign” promised that Britain’s fishers would benefit from EU exit. The reality could prove very different 

By Griffin Carpenter  

Ukip leader Nigel Farage on board a boat taking part in a Fishing for Leave pro-Brexit flotilla. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/PA Images

The fishing community in Poole has watched its fleet undergo several transformations. Fish stocks once seemed endless, and so did the number of vessels. But recent decades have seen a steady decline. In the early 1990s, thanks to government policy on fishing quotas—the share of the catch limit allowed to any given vessel—a number of fishers were shut out of the system. Many of them…

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