SNP Euro-MP Ian Hudghton MEP has called on Euro-MPs to reject moves led
principally by Spanish MEPs to radically alter the Common Fisheries Policy
to the detriment of the Scottish fishing industry.
Speaking in the debate in Parliament on proposals for a fisheries protocol
between Europe and Greenland, Mr Hudghton slammed the Spanish led proposal
as an underhand assault on the Scottish fishing industry that
comprehensively undermined existing safeguards.
Speaking from Strasbourg, Ian Hudghton MEP said:
"Many Scottish fishing communities regard Greenland with envy because they
are outside the CFP but for as long as Scotland remains inside, it's
essential that what is already a bad deal is not allowed to become even
worse for Scotland.
This amendment would thoroughly undermine the principle of relative
stability in access to fisheries which guarantees Scots their historic
rights to a reasonable share of designated fish stocks. If the Spanish get
their way, they would be eligible to apply directly to the Commission for
quota swops giving them access to Greenland fishing opportunities. It
would only be a matter of time before similar demands are made for access
to the north sea.
This would effectively tear up what is by and large the only saving grace
of the disastrous Common Fisheries Policy. It is an underhand stitch up
and a cynical ploy to plunder Scottish waters - it must be stopped at all