Regional control of fisheries is vital, SFF will tell CFP seminar

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation will today tell a meeting in Brussels on the future of the Common Fisheries Policy that a regional approach to management is vital if the goals of effective and sustainable management combined with fleet profitability are achieved.

He will tell delegates at the seminar entitled ‘The Future of the Common Fisheries Policy: A Regional Approach to Fisheries Management in the EU’ that whilst everyone, including the European Commission, agrees that the current centralised fisheries management regime does not work, a clear path towards regionalisation has yet to be identified.

This must change and there needs to be a leap of faith on the part of the Commission in relinquishing enough of the control elements to allow regional management to work.

Mr Armstrong will tell the meeting: “If we do not have clear policy objectives, accompanied by an equally clear definition of exactly what is to be delegated, we will remain where we are with the fishing industry unable to steer itself towards full sustainability and economic success.

“A regional solution is the only viable solution.”

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