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MEPs Girling, Watson and Dartmouth have their say on latest CFP reform proposals

Thursday, 14 July 2011
Maria Damanaki, the European Commissioner for Fisheries, yesterday finally unveiled her proposals for reforming the existing EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Since fisheries is a very important industry for the South West region, our MEPs were quick and numerous to have their say on it:

Julie Girling (Conservative) said she was delighted the Commission was now taking the issue of discards "serious" but urged caution on its actual enforcement and said it must be part of a wider policy that "allows fishing to be done sustainably". She also praised the work of constitunet and celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his FishFight campaign, which she said has "certainly had an effect" at the Commission and amongst her colleagues in the Parliament:

Graham Watson (Liberal Democrat) was also pleased that the Commission was responding to "widespread public revulsion" and is acting to tackle discards, and welcomed one of the Commissioner's proposals that effectively regionalise decision making by involving local fishermen, local governments and scientists. He said that Commissioner Damanaki was one of the "far-sighted Fisheries Commissioners we've ever had" and the public should give her a fair chance:

The Earl of Dartmouth (UKIP) was expectedly less welcoming and said the UK "had been stuck in the Common Fisheries Policy for 30 years" and called for the Government to immediate repatriate fishing powers back to the UK "not only to protect our national interest but also the dwindling fish stocks" (not entirely sure how that would work in practice mind):

(All videos produced by Quadrant for UK radio stations and are used with kind permission.)

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