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104. We encourage Defra to consult fully with
the Devolved Administrations to determine fishing policy. The
fishing industry are "vitally interested that the UK as a
member state acts as just that: as a joined up member state".
of the UK's fishing industry are best served by one strong voice
in Brussels. Defra and the Devolved Administrations should seek
to present a united front in negotiations with the EU over fishing
105. Our report focuses primarily on technical
issues, but at its heart is a fundamental question about the nature
of the marine ecosystems and coastal communities that we want
to leave to future generations. We fully support Commissioner
Damanaki in her ambition that the future CFP creates the right
conditions for sustainable exploitation of marine resources.
106. However, we are concerned that the Commission
is embarking on this journey without a clear and workable plan
for achieving its aims, without the scientific data needed to
back these up, and before building political will and grassroots
support. There is a risk that headline-chasing in response to
pressures from environmental campaigners will further damage our
coastal communities without actually doing any good for fish stocks.
107. The essential first step is to improve the
CFP's governance through a more ambitious programme of decentralisation.
We welcome the UK's positive relationship with other northern
fishing nations and encourage stronger ties with the southern
Member States to build a consensus around decentralisation. We
hope that our colleagues in the European Parliament will use their
new powers under co-decision to deliver a more effective CFP that
recognises the need to pass power back to local levels. We call
on Defra to show leadership in Brussels to ensure that the future
CFP delivers for the fish, the fishermen, and the coastal communities
that depend on them.
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