Lowestoft in England was once the most productive fishing port there are currently no fishermen there at all
Once upon a time every English school child knew that Dogger's Bank was one of the most productive fishing grounds in the whole of the North Sea and that Lowestoft was the most productive fishing port. Thanks to overfishing this has all changed. The Lowestoft deep sea fleet is no more. Too little is being caught today. In the local fish restaurant Captain Nemo one can still buy fish and chips, with cod, haddock, herring, smoked herring and fried tuna all on the menu. But the majority of them are not caught by local fishermen. These are sourced by the wholesaler, owned by Michael Core. Today he spends half his time each morning chasing fish by phone, where in the past he bought straight from the port. But he still finds his trade exciting. He gets fish from the Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Oman, New-Zeeland and Australia. The cod and haddock come from Iceland. Bonded trade and Europe just import what they need. And the highest bidder wins. The plundering of all the other seas and oceans has been underway for some time now. History is repeating itself. Life just goes on in Lowestoft.
Now that Europe has helped destroy its own waters it is now working on turning all the other world seas into desert. European fishermen are busy wiping out the big-eyed tuna from the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. And still the fishing industry in Europe gets subsidies. Access to African waters could be compared to neo-colonisation. Europe is the greatest plunderer of the oceans according to environment editor Charles Clover.