Devolution of Fishery Powers Published: 17 September, 2008
Liberal Democrats back plans to devolve greater fisheries powers to
The Liberal Democrats’ Autumn Conference have backed plans to give
greater control over fisheries to the Scottish Parliament.
Conference approved the policy paper Shaping Our World Through a Strong Europe, which includes provisions to:
·Undertake extensive devolution of fisheries powers to national and
regional management bodies, including representatives of fishermen and
marine scientists, allowing them to determine the detail of conservation measures
·Make the details of implementing conservation measures the responsibility of member states, devolved administrations and regional management bodies
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Scotland Secretary, Michael Moore said:
“More powers over how fisheries are managed must be devolved to the
Scottish Parliament, and other national and regional bodies within the EU.
“Representatives of marine scientists and fishermen will have a much
better idea than the European Commission of the detail of how to
effectively manage fish stocks in their own areas.
“While a common EU fisheries framework is necessary, we must move to a
situation where much more of the detail of implementation is undertaken by national and regional governments in their own areas.”
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