MSP calls for greater control of fishing industry

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WESTERN ISLES MSP Alasdair Allan, has today (Thursday) joined calls in the Scottish Parliament for the regionalisation of fishing policy and for control of the industry to be moved away from Brussels.

Speaking following a debate on the Common Fisheries Policy, led by Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Allan commented: “Every fisherman I know is quite rightly utterly fed up with the European Common Fisheries Policy, and its failure not only for fishing industry, but for the marine environment, which it often claims to be seeking to protect.

“Today the Scottish Government made clear that the time has come for fishing policy to be regionalised and for fishing nations to be left to manage to industry in their own countries.

“In particular, the Scottish Government will oppose any idea of an international trade in fishing quotas, which could see Scotland’s fishing industry sold off to Europe’s highest bidder. Scotland urgently needs a seat around the negotiating table in Europe on these and other matters.

“I welcome the fact that the Scottish Government is leading this debate in parliament and making a clear statement on Scotland’s behalf that the Common Fisheries Policy is failing and it is time for fishing nations to manage this vital industry on their own behalf.”