Extract from http://www.american.edu/TED/icefish.htm "In November, 1975, the third Cod War between Great Britain and Iceland began. This dispute centered on Iceland's decision to extend its zone of control over fishing from 50 miles beyond its shores to 200 miles. Great Britain did not recognize Iceland's authority in this matter and so continued fishing inside the disputed area. Iceland deployed 8 ships, six Coast Guard vessels and two Polish-built stern trawlers converted into Coast Guard ships to enforce her control over fishing rights. In response, Great Britain deployed a total of twenty-two frigates (although no more than six to nine frigates at one time), seven supply ships, nine tug-boats and three auxiliary ships to protect its 40 fishing trawlers. While few shots were fired during the seven-month conflict, several ships were rammed on both sides, causing damage to the vessels and a few injuries to the crews". Although there may be much political milage in a unilateral withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy, what are the real options? Could the RN cope with the pressure? What sort of support would there be for the fishing industry? Would the Government of the day survive? Perhaps most importantly - will there be any Fish & Chips in 10 years time? My sympathies are naturally with the British fishermen, but what are the real alternatives to the EU restrictions on time at sea, etc? Informed debate, please. If not, the usual will do.