With the main points of the basic regulation of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy having been agreed after two days of intense negotiations, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is warning that the final implemented policy must adopt a practical approach to fisheries management that doesn’t contain unworkable measures that could ‘wreck’ the fishing industry.
SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong beleives it is vital that the detail in the measures is implemented in a practical manner that recognises the complex and difficult environment that fishermen operate in.
“The final agreement once reached needs to ensure that political decision-making on achieving conservation targets and reducing discards is not implemented in such a way that it ends up wrecking the fishing industry,” he said.
“The devil will be very much in the detail of the new consolidated text but the final regulation must be practical so that it can realistically work for the fishing fleet. Fishing provides a crucial renewable food resource for the world population that supports much employment in coastal communities, so it is vital that measures to protect our fishermen are at the very heart of the new CFP.”