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Common Fisheries Policy

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department’s objectives are for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement. (324065)

The UK’s response to the Commission’s Green Paper on reform of the Common Fisheries Policy sets out our objectives to achieve prosperous, sustainable exploitation of fish stocks. This response makes clear that there must be more regionalised decision-making; genuine integration of fisheries with other marine policies; longer-term management planning; greater flexibility and certainty in the system; and a mechanism to ease the transition to a sustainable and profitable future.