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ITQ's Will Harm Scottish Fishing

by the Fish Site Editor
18 May 2011, at 1:00am

SCOTLAND - The introduction of Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs) as part of the EU's reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has faced very little support from the fishing industry. Scottish MP, Angus MacNeil, has been the latest to speak out against ITQ's and their predicted disastrous effect on the Scottish fishing industry.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil hit out at what he calls the “flawed plans” for ITQ's.

Speaking from Westminster Mr MacNeil said, “The Common Fisheries Policy has been derided in the chamber of the House of Commons because of its disastrous effects on both fish and the fishing industry”.

“Now the European Commission seems to have one-upped itself by coming up with this idea of individual transferable quotas”.

“This policy, as with so many others, that have come from the CFP is ill-thought out. It could spell the slow death of fishing industry in Scotland”

“As I said in the Commons, the internationally tradeable individual transferable quotas will mean the slow buying off of fishing rights for future generations by big industry fishing".

The reformed CFP will take effect on the 1st January 2013.

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