Stevenson: Fisheries talks a victory for Eustice

18-Dec-2013 @ 16:0

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Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson today hailed a successful outcome for Britain in the latest round of annual negotiations on EU fishing quotas.

The MEP for Scotland, who is senior vice-president of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee, said: "George Eustice was thrown in at the deep-end as Britain's new fisheries minister, facing an all-night fisheries council meeting in Brussels after only weeks in the job.But he has emerged from the trenches of the annual gladiatorial 'Total Allowable Catches' and quotas meeting victorious."

"He held a firm line on freezing the current days-at-sea limits as any further cuts would have been catastrophic for the UK fleet.

"Overall, the scientists have confirmed that most of the major fish stocks are improving, thanks to the sacrifices made by fishermen over many years. Recovered stocks and the reformed Common Fishery Policy should spell a good future for the sector, although there are major challenges ahead such as implementing regionalisation, the discards ban and fishing at MSY levels.

"We also have to resolve the long-running mackerel war with the Faroes and Iceland."

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