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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Multiannual plan for stocks fished in the Western Waters and adjacent waters, and for fisheries exploiting those stocks (A8-0310/2018 - Alain Cadec)

  Rupert Matthews (ECR). – Madam President, I was very pleased to vote for this report which is changing the way that fisheries are controlled in the Western Approaches. I think everyone here recognises the common fisheries policy over the years has been catastrophic for the European fishing industry, it has led to a collapse in stocks, it has led to unemployment, it has led to untold hardship.

Pushing control away from a centralised top-down approach to a regionalised approach has got to be the right idea. I’m very pleased to see this being brought in in the western oceans, where of course fishermen from Britain are very active. I think it is a shame, however, that the European Union still cannot quite bring itself to put control over the fisheries into the hands of smaller entities, of the nations themselves, because it is they who not only understand the fisheries but have a stake in making sure it is sustainable. I hope very much that after Brexit we at least will be able to achieve that in Britain.

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