CONSERVATIVE MEP FOR SCOTLAND

Conservatives Fight Off ‘Daft’ Fishing Drift Net Ban

Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed the news that the European Commission will drop their controversial plans for an EU-Driftnet ban.

14.04.2016.

Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed the news that the European Commission will drop their controversial plans for an EU-Driftnet ban. The ban would have forced many small scale drift net fisheries in UK waters to close, several of which have been accredited by the Marine Stewardship Council.[1]

The Commission u-turn follows an 18 month campaign by Ian.

The proposal represents the first challenge to the Commission’s ‘one net fits all’ approach to fisheries management. Following an impact assessment which recognised a problem in the Mediterranean Sea (where drift nets are widely recognised as the cause of serious harm to vast numbers of non-target animals which can perish in driftnets as bycatch) the Commission determined that an EU-wide ban was a sensible solution, ignoring the realities of drift net fishing elsewhere in Europe.

Commenting on the decision, Ian said,

"After 18 months the European Commission has seen sense and realised that a blanket EU ban on drift nets was a daft idea. The plan would have shut down fisheries which have received the highest level of sustainable certification. It is a victory small scale fisheries and sensible law making, but goodness only knows why it took the Commission 18 months to come round."

 

Notes to Editors

[1] TheThames and Blackwater Herring Fishery, the Hastings Pelagic Fleet Driftnet Fishery and the Sardine Fishery in Corwall.

[2] Commission's Consultation on small-scale driftnet fisheries