Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson today voted on the first of a series of reports contributing to the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
Speaking today from Strasbourg the MEP said:
“While there are some positive aspects to these reports I am wary of the direction in which some countries want to take the reform.
“I remain wholly opposed to the idea of Transferable Fishing Concessions and instead want to see a CFP which focuses on promoting a prosperous industry which enhances rural communities and ensures them for future generations.
“This reform must have the small fishing industries at its heart and not become a tool of big business. Our fishing industry is world-famous in terms of quality and has a very special place in Irish culture. We must preserve this.
“The primary objective of the CFP is to ensure we have 'fish for the future', to ensure our industry is as sustainable as possible and to protect the rural way of life.
“I will continue to make these points and hope for a constructive engagement on these issues as the CFP reform takes place under the Irish Presidency.”