West Africa: Fisheries

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage a sustainable EU policy towards the exploitation of West African fish stocks through third party agreements.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

As UK Fisheries Minister, I hold regular discussions on fisheries partnership agreements, the revision of which forms a key element to the wider reform of the common fisheries policy (CFP). I most recently discussed this with Commissioner Damanaki earlier this month and with key interests at a DEFRA funded conference at Chatham House. Discussions continue and the external dimension of the CFP is scheduled at the Fisheries Council on 19 March.

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