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Scottish fisheries at critical juncture

June 7, 2012 11:35 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting after a debate on the Common Fisheries Policy in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat Fisheries spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"The Scottish fishing industry is at a critical juncture. The decisions taken in the next few weeks will shape our industry for the next decade and beyond.

"Everyone is in agreement that the current CFP is not fit for purpose, and certainly not in the best interest of Scottish fishermen.

"We need reform, but we also need to ensure that it is the right reform to safeguard the future of our fleet.

"Regionalisation is key to this. The Scottish fleet knows how to manage Scottish waters better than bureaucrats in Brussels. It is vital that fisheries management is devolved to an appropriate level.

"We also need guard against transferable fishing concessions. The Scottish fleet has taken great strides in protecting fish stocks and is rightly regarded as an example to follow to ensure sustainable fish stocks.

"Handing over control of this so, for example, Spanish boats could catch Scottish fish and land them at European ports would be detrimental to the good work the Scottish fleet has undertaken in recent years."