In The Press » June 12th 2012 - We need to take back control of our fishing waters
We need to take back control of our fishing waters
...Lincolnshire MEP says fish discard system is a scandal....
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UK Independence Party
From the Office of Derek Clark, MEP, East Midlands
Rowan House, 23 Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5AT
Tel: 01604 620064 Fax: 01604 636002
June 12th, 2012
The sooner we take control of our fishing waters, the better - that's the defiant cry from Lincolnshire MEP Derek Clark.
The UKIP MEP said the proposed EU reforms announced this week for the fishing industry were an admittance the Common Fisheries Policy had been an economic and ecological disaster.
He said: "After decades of this ill-conceived policy, the seas are almost empty of fish, a sad indictment of the surrender of our fishing grounds to EU control.
"What we need to do is take back control of national fishing waters into national hands.
"British fishing waters extend for 200 miles east of Lincolnshire and what we need is for our fishermen to be allowed to fish in British waters.
"Yet again, we are witnessing the 'tragedy of the Commons'. The sooner we take back control of our own waters the better.
"A sense of ownership of British waters makes fishermen responsible to ensure sustainable fishing."
He said the whole system of discards was a scandal, but to stop it, the UK needed to discard the Common Fisheries Policy and EU control.
Figures showed in 2004 alone, an estimated 7.3m tons of fish - eight per cent the total EU fish catches in that year - were dumped back in the sea.
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