Friday, 8 February 2019

Fisheries: implementation and enforcement of the EU landing obligation

The House of Lords European Union Committee has just published its findings on the Landing Obligation - with regard to implementation and enforcement - makes for very interesting reading and poses more questions than answers - reflecting the clash between ideology and pragmatism in a complex industry like fishing where what can sound like a great idea "let's end discarding" as championed by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Fish Fight campaign - entirely honourable in its intentions - entirely unworkable for many in its present guise.

The danger here is that the media will identify certain sections of the industry as the villains when in reality the industry has made incredible technical advances and skippers and crews have invested heavily in seeking solutions - often at their own expense and often meeting with intransigence from the management.

Undercurrent News covered the same story.

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