Speech to Parliament Tuesday 11th Sept 2012
Joint Debate,- Fisheries
With fish stocks in serious decline in
Europe's rich fishing
grounds the CFP is a failure. And yet these reports are laced with the same old
Euro-speak,- regulation, restrictions, prohibit.
Before the CFP most European fishermen, unhampered by bureaucratic interference, had been fishing responsibly, looking after their own waters and therefore handing on viable fisheries down the generations.
But the EU destroyed this culture of care and so now we have rules about Total Permissible Catch and the wretched discard policy which has decimated stocks.
If you don't like lessons from the past then try the present.
still record good catches and find many species spawning well. But then, they
ban discards and other destructive EU measures which, as noted in these
reports, have reduced EU fishing fleets. Iceland
UK fishing fleet is barely half its former size
and so much of the fish sold in the UK
now comes from .
What an indictment of the CFP Iceland
Derek Clark MEP Strasbourg 11th Sept 2012