Scotland meets EU fishing cut targets – SCOTTISH Shadow Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead has underlined his call for Fisheries Minister Ross Finnie to fight Scotland’s corner and oppose further cuts in quotas after new figures revealed that Scotland has slashed fishing effort in the North Sea by 67%.
Mr Lochhead made his comments after receiving an answer to his parliamentary question regarding what proportion of the 65% target set by the EU for reduction in cod mortality has been made by Scotland. Mr Finnie confirmed that the Scots fleet has achieved a 67% reduction in fishing effort and is unable to say what other EU fleets fishing in the same waters have achieved.
Ross Finnie is due to visit Brussels in December when the EU’s Fisheries Council Meeting will take place and at which fishing quotas for 2006 will be set.
Commenting Mr Lochhead said:
“These official figures confirm that our fishing fleet has not only met the draconian obligations foisted on Scotland by the Common Fisheries Policy but borne most of the cuts in the North Sea. If Scotland has sacrificed 67% of its fishing effort to help protect cod then Fisheries Minister Ross Finnie must go to Brussels armed with these figures and tell them in no uncertain terms that he will not allow any more Scots vessels suffer.”