Sustainable Fisheries

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:55 pm on 4th July 2018.

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Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon Conservative, Newbury 1:55 pm, 4th July 2018

My right hon. Friend will know that there is no greater critic of the common fisheries policy than me, but I am sure he would agree that even had we not gone into it, we would probably still have a problem, because man’s technical ability to harvest vast quantities from the sea has been a problem the world over. I very much hope that the White Paper contains a firm commitment to an ecosystems approach to fisheries management and that within that there is the possibility of rebalancing fishing opportunity to try to assist the smaller, more local fishing fleet and give it a fairer cut of the opportunity.