Cleethorpes MP's call to seize control of UK fisheries from Brussels
CLEETHORPES MP Martin Vickers has called on the Government to seize back control of UK fisheries from Brussels and replace them in a regional management structure that will give the local fishing community more say over quotas.
The Conservative MP made the demand as British Government officials went to Brussels to demand they hand back control of this country’s fisheries, which has angered the region’s coastal communities for decades.
Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon met this week with European Union counterparts in a crunch meeting over reform of the controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
Top of the UK’s wish-list will be to allow Britain to meet quotas in alliance with France, Norway and other fishing nations – rather than following edicts set by remote officials and influenced by landlocked EU members.
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The Conservative minister will also push to end the scandal of dead “discard” fish being thrown back into the sea, and for the continuing replenishment of depleted fish stocks.
Mr Vickers said: “We are desperately striving to ensure that discards are ended as soon as possible.
“The whole CFP has been a complete disaster in the past and we now need to move towards a more localised and regionalised management of our fisheries, which is what people in our area say they want.”