Conservatives Launch Advisory Fishing Group
Commenting on the launch of the Conservative Advisory Fishing Group, Shadow Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, John Whittingdale MP, said:
“I am delighted that so many of the leaders of the fishing industry across the country are willing to help us. I am also very encouraged by the measure of agreement about key issues and how they must be tackled.
“We will now visit a number of the fishing communities across the UK to talk directly to those involved. In time, we expect to visit other countries that already have successful national management schemes. In the long term, we will come forward with details as to how a Conservative government will establish a management scheme outside the Common Fisheries Policy.”
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Notes to Editors
Main topics for discussion included:
- Managing UK fishing stock nationally.
- Developing a selective fishing policy using modern scientific methods.
- Exploring the control of inputs by limiting fishing effort and banning industrial fishing instead of the current European quota system.
- Eliminating discards and black fish.
Those present at the meeting were: John Whittingdale MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, Peter Duncan MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Owen Paterson MP, Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Struan Stevenson MEP, Neil Parish MEP, Ted Brocklebank MSP, Michael Park, Chairman, Scottish White Fish Producers, Roddy McColl, The Fisherman’s Association, Arnold Locker/Barrie Deas National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, Leslie Girvan, Northern Ireland Fish Producer Organisation, Dr Peter Hunt, The Shellfish Association, Jim Portus, South Western Fish Producer Organisation, John Gale, Folkestone Fishermen’s Association, Cllr John Jowers, Non Sector inshore fishermen (Mersea Island), Gary Masson, Northern producers Organisation Limited and Carol MacDonald, Cod Crusaders Campaign.