Liberal Democrat DEFRA Spokesman, Andrew George MP, will welcome Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon MP, to West Cornwall on Tuesday morning (28th February 2012).

Mr George invited the Minister to his constituency to meet fishermen during the period of the consultation on the future management of the under-10-metre sector last year.

After visiting Newlyn Fish Market, a meeting with the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation and a period on board the Fisheries Protection vessel, the St Piran, Mr George will then welcome the Minister to a meeting with fishing industry representatives in the Fishermen’s Mission at Newlyn.

Mr George took a delegation of fishermen to meet the Minister last September to discuss the Government’s plans for the future management of the industry and to discuss the possibility of Cornish fishermen becoming one of a number of pilot schemes for the future management of the inshore industry. This week, the Cornish fishermen discovered that their bid had not been successful.

This has left many fishermen deeply concerned about the Government’s future plans for the industry and the impact this will have on their future fishing entitlements (quotas).

Mr George said: “Local fishermen are keen to have a greater say in the management of their stock, but the Government has to give fishermen appropriate freedoms to manage the industry, rather than putting them in a strait jacket.

“The intelligent management of the fishing industry is essential to the future economic vitality of our many fishing coves.”

The Minister will meet the fishermen in the Mission from 9.45am. The Minister’s visit to Newlyn will commence with a visit to the Fish Market commencing at just after 7am.