Lochhead pledges fight over days move – Fishupdate.com

Lochhead pledges fight over days move Published:  29 November, 2007

Richard Lochhead

SCOTTISH Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead has described EC proposals for days at sea cuts as a predictable opening stance from Brussels.

He said: “The proposed cuts in days at sea are a predictable negotiating tactic, which we shall strongly resist at December Council. We need to give our fishermen a just reward for all their sacrifices and contributions to conserving fish stocks, whereas these proposals could force some of them out of work.

“Scotland is arguing for a fresh approach to conserving fish stocks, building on the innovative measures we have already implemented in Scottish waters.

“The Commission needs to recognise that the Scottish fleet is leading the EU in this area. And we are continuing to work with our industry and environmental groups to develop more effective ways to protect and nurture our stocks – rather than the crude sledgehammer of cuts in days at sea.”

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