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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Fisheries Committee votes for crucial overhaul of Common Fisheries Policy

The European Parliament's Fisheries Committee voted today on major reforms to the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) calling for legally binding commitments by 2015 and 2020 to rebuild fish stocks, a ban on fish discards at seat, and devolved management of fisheries to regional bodies within the remit of the Treaty.
Pat the Cope Gallagher (Ireland, Fianna Fáil), ALDE's spokesman on the Fisheries Committee, said:
"Decisions about how best to manage fisheries need to be taken locally by the people who know their seas and understand the conditions. We must end micro-management from Brussels by cooperating more closely with regional stakeholders. There is no 'one-size fits all' solution when it comes to rebuilding fish stocks across Europe, but we need a standard control and enforcement regime throughout the EU.
Chris Davies (UK, Lib Dem), who co-founded the cross-party "Fish for the Future" group, commented:
"Most of the difficulties being faced by fishermen stem from the fact that Europe's fish stocks have too often become severely depleted. Rebuilding fish stocks is the way to give our fishing industry a successful long term future.
Nils Torvalds (Svenska Folkpartiet, Finland), ALDE member of EP fisheries added:
"It cannot be acceptable any longer to throw perfectly edible fish overboard, dead. But an obligation to land all catches must not penalise fishermen."

 

Source: ALDE