MEP meets Scottish fishing industry

23 Nov 2011

George Lyon, Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland, has met with representatives of the Scottish fishing industry to see what more can be done to support fishermen from Brussels.

Mr Lyon feels it is vital that the voice of the Scottish industry is heard in the process of negotiating a final agreement on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.

Mr Lyon has already met with Maria Damanaki this year and has demanded reassurances from the European Commission on discards and the devolvement of decision making to the regions.

Commenting after the meeting, Mr Lyon said: “The fishing industry plays a crucial role in coastal communities in Scotland and its long term sustainability must be safeguarded.

“A future without fishing in Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Scrabster, Ullapool, Eyemouth and many others is a future I do not want to imagine.

“The reform of the CFP presents a huge opportunity for genuine progress and we must make sure that a balance is struck between protecting the future of the Scottish fleet and the long term sustainability of fish stocks.

“I will continue to work closely with Scotland’s fishing industry as the battle over CFP reform intensifies so that future generations can enjoy a fishing regime that is fair, sustainable and in the best interests of Scotland.”

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