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Ferris says fishing requires more state control

27 January, 2009 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Fisheries, Martin Ferris TD has said that there needs to be more national control over domestic fisheries. He was commenting on a new EU proposal on enforcing compliance with Common Fishery Policy regulations which was discussed at Committee in the Dáil this morning.

Deputy Ferris said: "While the Commission presents its proposal as a means of strengthening the protection of fish stocks, Irish fishermen have long and grim experience of the reality of what the Common Fishery Policy has meant for them and their livelihood. The unfair distribution of quota and the abuse of our waters has left the Irish fishing sector struggling for survival.

"In that scenario what this country needs to be doing is asserting its right for more control over this valuable resource, and not to surrender even more power to Brussels. That has been a disaster since 1973 and will lead to the effective destruction of the Irish fishery if allowed to continue. Rather than acquiesce in any further restrictions on Irish fishermen, therefore, we must demand that the CFP be radically reformed to include an overhaul of the unfair distribution of the quota that underlines it." ENDS

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