14 Jun 2012
Speaking after today’s Scottish Parliament statement on Common Fisheries Policy Reform, Scottish Conservative Environment Spokesman Jamie McGrigor said:
“We must pay tribute to the role of the UK Government in this process, and the Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon for their negotiating skills and their voting power, which has hopefully led to real progress for Scottish fishermen.
“The outcome would not have been achieved without this very powerful intervention.
“We recognise that some progress has been made on regionalisation.
“But on discards, something we all want to see tackled, we have to be realistic about the timescales and targets.
“The pioneering work of Scottish fleets is a work in progress, so we must question if the declaration of statutory end points are rational.
“Measures to reduce discards must be practical and deliverable.”