Individal transferable quotas will harm fishing, says MacNeil

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil has hit out at what he calls ‘flawed plans’ for Individual Transferable Quota.

Speaking from Westminster Mr MacNeil said: “The Common Fisheries Policy has been derided in the chamber of the House of Commons because of its disastrous effects on both fish and the fishing industry.

“Now the European Commission seems to have one-upped itself by coming up with this idea of individual transferable quotas. This policy, as with so many others, that have come from the CFP is ill-thought out. It could spell the slow death of fishing industry in Scotland.

“As I said in the Commons, ‘The internationally tradeable individual transferable quotas will mean the slow buying off of fishing rights for future generations by big industry fishing.’”