SFF To Probe EU Fisheries Role – Fishupdate.com

Hamish Morrison…revealed EU fish role probe

SFF To Probe EU Fisheries Role Fishing Monthly Published:  24 June, 2002

THE Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is to carry out a major examination of the role of the EU in fisheries in the wake of the controversial agreement to set total allowable catches for the deep water stocks to the West of Britain.

The federation says it is also deeply concerned over the emergence of the primarily Southern EU state dominated Friends of Fishing Group and its power to influence Common Fisheries Policy reform.

Tonight, federation chief executive Hamish Morrison repeated the SFF has adopted a tough “no more Mr Nice Guy” approach to the European Commission, particularly in the wake of the deepwater deal bitterly opposed by Scotland and the rest of the UK.

He added:”The federation is undertaking a root and branch examination of the role of the EU in fisheries against the background of policy failures to date and the prospect of administrative paralysis following enlargement in 2004.

“There are also difficulties in achieving meaningful reform of the Common Fisheries Policy since the emergence of the Friends of Fishing Group.

“This examination will be in addition to the critique of the CFP reform document.”