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NFFO welcomes EU vote

07 Feb 2013

The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) has welcomed the European Parliament vote this week for sweeping reforms of the Common Fisheries Policy, but it has warned about the dangers of practical implementation.

Barrie Deas, chief executive, NFFO, said: “The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation has welcomed the vote today in the European Parliament as a step towards a more rational and effective fisheries policy.”

However, he said that the history of the CFP has been littered with well intentioned pieces of legislation that have failed because insufficient attention had been paid to how the measures could be implemented.

As with any large legislative package, there is good and bad in the compromise text, Mr Deas said.

He added: “For us, the key to a more effective fisheries policy is the decentralisation of decision-making to the regional seas level. It is only at this scale that management measures can be tailored to the fleets and fisheries involved and adaptive management can hope to work.”

The European Parliament now has a mandate to begin discussions with the other European institutions and the NFFO hopes that “rhetoric and grandstanding will be left behind as the talks focus on the real outstanding issues.”