Fish­ing chal­lenge for can­di­dates

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE UK fish­ing in­dus­try is chal­leng­ing can­di­dates in the gen­eral elec­tion to pledge their sup­port for its pri­or­ity of restor­ing con­trol of UK wa­ters.

Fish­er­men’s lead­ers in­sist that ex­it­ing the Com­mon Fish­eries Pol­icy (CFP) is the only way of ending the far­ci­cal sit­u­a­tion un­der which the coun­try is forced to give away al­most two-thirds of the fish from some of the rich­est fish­ing grounds in the world.

Can­di­dates in all 650 par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies will be in­vited to sign the pledge prior to the elec­tion on June 8.

Ber­tie Armstrong, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Scot­tish Fish­er­men’s Fed­er­a­tion, said: ‘‘ We as an in­dus­try have re­peat­edly stated we will work with the UK and Scot­tish gov­ern­ments to achieve this, and we hope can­di­dates will sup­port the prospect of jobs and se­cu­rity for our be­lea­guered coastal com­mu­ni­ties by sign­ing this pledge.

‘As a can­di­date in the gen­eral elec­tion I pledge my sup­port to the fol­low­ing dec­la­ra­tion: Brexit of­fers a sea of op­por­tu­nity for fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties as it will al­low us to re­store con­trol of our wa­ters, which are home to some of the rich­est fish­ing grounds in the world.

‘We must max­imise this op­por­tu­nity for the ben­e­fit of the UK fish­ing in­dus­try – pro­ces­sors, hauliers and fish­mon­gers as well as those at sea – and for con­sumers. We urge the in­dus­try and govern­ment to work to­gether to es­tab­lish a sen­si­ble, prac­ti­ca­ble new fish­eries man­age­ment regime for the post-Brexit era.’

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