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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Greens oppose EU subsidies for new fishing boats

EURO-MPs must reject proposals to fund new fishing boats if they are serious about preserving EU fish levels, London’s Green MEP Jean Lambert has warned.

MEPs will next week consider proposals to reintroduce subsidies for ‘fleet renewal’ under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

But the proposals run counter to the very spirit of the latest revision to the CFP, which was adopted earlier this year, according to Ms Lambert.

“We saw real progress towards making Europe’s fishing industry work in a much more sustainable way when the CFP was revised earlier this year,” she said.

“We adopted rules designed to put the interests of the marine environment, as well as long-term jobs in the fishing industry, at the heart of the CFP.

“Specifically, we enacted bans on the practice of ‘dumping’ dead fish back into the sea to meet quotas – as well as adopting measures to increase fish numbers, and to adopt a more regional approach to regulating fishing fleets.

“But next weeks vote on the funding available in the to pay for all this risks undermining much of this progress by increasing the number of boats fishing in EU waters – threatening both fish levels and fishing jobs’ viability.

“We Greens would like to see a CFP that links fishing rights to environmental good practice – and these proposals will do exactly the opposite.”

MEPs will consider the proposals in a vote next Wednesday, October 23.