06 JAN 2011

Brixham Fishermen

Today I was in Brixham at the Fishermen's Mission, catching up with the local fishermen and crabbers, to discuss the local EU directives that can have a devastating effect on their livelihoods. I was pleased to hear the trawler men are happy with the EU negotiations that took place in December, but I will continue to put their concerns to the Minister and lobby for an end to the indefensible requirement for them to discard dead but healthy fish that is above quota. Other means of preserving our fish stocks are urgently needed.

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