No Substitute In Sight For CFP –

No Substitute In Sight For CFP Fishing Monthly Published:  09 April, 2003

PROMISES of reform have to be taken with a pinch of salt but there is no obvious substitute in sight for the Common Fisheries Policy, a fishermen’s spokesman said today.

Hamish Morrison, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, told a fishing gear conference in Glasgow that the chances of the policy disappearing look slim.

“There is no compelling evidence of a political majority in the European Union in favour of abolishing the policy.

“Indeed there is not even any realistic possibility of any UK political party paying more than lip service to withdrawal from the CFP.

“On the face of it the gradualist route through the regional advisory councils is the only way forward.

“Of course the new alliances forming in Europe as a result of the Iraq conflict might have widespread and long-lasting policy consequences.

” Alas however Mr Blair’s new friends (Spain and Italy) are even keener on the CFP than his old ones (France and Germany).”