Gildernew meets Marine Expert
Sinn Féin Fisheries Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA has met with Professor Jeremy Jackson, a leading authority on the marine environment.
Speaking after the meeting the Minister said:
“Today’s meeting provided some very interesting insight into marine conservation from a global perspective. I wish to thank Professor Jackson for taking the time to meet with me. We discussed his experiences regarding protection of the marine environment and ways to deliver a sustainable future for marine users. The important contribution of fisheries to coastal communities and the role of healthy, productive and biologically diverse seas in achieving long term sustainability for fisheries was also on our agenda.
“I listened with interest to Professor Jackson’s views on Marine Conservation Zones and the potential for such zones to enhance fish stocks as well as the environment. I explained that we work closely with other Departments with marine interests and that Marine Conservation Zones will be considered as part of a local Marine Bill.”
Discussing the issue of the Common Fisheries Policy reform in 2012, the Minister added:
“This major policy reform is central to determining sustainable fisheries beyond 2012. I will be taking this opportunity when it arises, to argue for more responsibility to be devolved to the local executive. Such a step would help ensure that fisheries management can be better tailored to regional seas and more responsive to change than at present.” ENDS