Thursday, 20 January 2011

Supporting the Fish Fight Campaign

My colleague Zac Goldsmith has tabled an early day motion in Parliament supporting the “Fish Fight” campaign, which I have signed in support thus reassuring the many constituents who have contacted me about this issue.

The campaign highlights that up to half of all fish trawled in the North Sea are thrown back either dead or dying because of EU rules on quotas. The campaign calls for strong reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy in order to eliminate the environmentally and economically damaging practice of discarding fish before landing and instead institute a regionalised, ecosystems based management framework. That all seems to make better sense to me!

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