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Anderson successfully amends EU Fisheries Policy Report.

7 February, 2013

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has been successful in having the European Parliament's report on the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) amended to ensure special recognition for Irish fishing communities and their quotas.

 Martina Anderson, in cooperation with fellow MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher, successfully amended the report to include the so called '1976 Hague Preferences'.

 Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Ms Anderson said

 "Formalising this assurance in the CFP safeguards the needs of our fishery-dependent communities and their continued 'progressive development'.

 “In practice, this will mean that Ireland will get a top-up on their quota in return for sharing the Irish fishing grounds (which are too big for the Irish fleet to handle) with other member states.

 "I am delighted to see my amendment pass. This goes some way to protecting Irish Fisheries and rural communities, in what could be a difficult negotiation between the Council and the Parliament.

 "On the rest of the report, although I recognise some detail may change in the negotiations, I believe that on the issue of discards, and focusing on yields rather than quotas we have made some progress.

 "I am therefore, happy to see a ban on discards - throwing unwanted fish back into the sea -, either because they are the wrong species or size or dead. This practice is wasteful, unsustainable, and environmentally unfriendly. I also welcome the emphasis on regionalism, as blanket approaches on these policies can be counterproductive.

 "I know the deal is no way done, and the negotiations between the three EU institutions will be tough, but at this stage, I am happy to have done something to ensure the future of the Irish fishing industry."  CRÍOCH

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