Devolution of Fishery Powers –

Devolution of Fishery Powers Published:  17 September, 2008

Liberal Democrats back plans to devolve greater fisheries powers to

Scottish Parliament

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.” is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.