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CFP reforms must move decision making away from faceless bureaucrats to regional bodies - Lyon

July 13, 2011 11:47 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the Common Fisheries Policy reforms announced today by the European Commission, Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon said:

"The Common Fisheries Policy, as it stands, has failed both fisherman and fish stocks for a long time. We need to get the right balance between the needs of our fishing fleets and maintaining sustainable fishing grounds. The European Commission has itself admitted that far too much micro-managing from Brussels has not helped the situation.

"We welcome moves from the European Commission to redress this situation but they must bite the bullet and hand real decision making powers down to regional management bodies and move away from central management by faceless bureaucrats in Brussels.

"The Commission's plans to phase out the environmental and economic madness of discards by 2016 is a huge step in the right direction but Ministers and the Commission now need to work hard to bring forward robust solutions that turn this laudable aspiration into a reality."

Scottish Liberal Democrat Fisheries spokesperson Jim Hume MSP added:

"The Scottish Government must now make it clear how they will respond to these far reaching reforms to ensure a sustainable future for Scottish fishermen."