MSP hits at Norway deal – Fishupdate.com

MSP hits at Norway deal Published:  05 December, 2007

SCOTTISH Shadow fisheries minister John Scott today hit at the lack of attention paid to industry opinion on herring management

Following questioning of Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead at the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee on the EU/Norway agreement,

the Tory MSP said:

”It is disappointing that with the effort that has been made to

involve the fishing industry in the management process with the

creation of Regional Advisory Councils, to see that the

credible science based management plan for herring put forward

has not been adopted.

“In addition, the recommendations on ‘banking and borrowing’,

which would have given more valuable flexibility to the hard

pressed white fish fleet, regrettably were not adopted either.

“It is disappointing that the Cabinet Secretary has not been

able to achieve these justifiable objectives which would have

helped ease the impact on Scottish fishermen of the significant

cuts that resulted from the EU/Norway agreement.

“With the proposed cuts in days at sea at the table at the

December Fisheries Council it is essential that the Cabinet

Secretary fights for a better outcome for Scottish fishermen in

Brussels than he achieved at the talks in Norway.”

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