Conservative welcome for fisheries reform and end to discards

06-Feb-2013 @ 13:0

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Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Struan Stevenson MEP, Conservative spokesman on fisheries and senior vice-president of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee, welcomed today's historic vote in Strasbourg for wholesale reform of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy.

He said: "These reforms will be wresting control away from the micro-managers in Brussels who have made such an absolute mess of fisheries policy for the past 30 years.

"We will also see an urgent timetable set for an absolute ban on the scandal of dumping and discards.

"The Spanish lobbied hard for an amendment which would have kicked the discards measures far into the long grass.

"Every vote counted, but I believe the public would never have forgiven MEPs if we had failed to take this opportunity to stop the discards debacle."

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