Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

22 APR 2013

Local MEP supports fishermen

Vicky Ford, Conservative MEP for the East of England took to the beach in Cromer this weekend to catch up with local crab fisherman, Cllr John Lee, who also chairs the North Norfolk Fisheries Local Action Group. They discussed the latest moves on reforming the Common Fisheries Policy.

Mrs Ford, who is a member of the Conservative and Reformist group, said: "Local fishermen like John have been extraordinarily helpful in teaching me about fishing issues, the need to preserve our seas and the need for radical reform of Europe's scandalous fishery policy. I am delighted that after years of hard work we have finally voted in the European Parliament to end the so call fish discards scandal whereby over a million tonnes of perfectly edible fish are thrown dead over board every year. This is a good step in the right direction.

"However, I was concerned to hear that red tape and bureaucratic inefficiencies appear to be delaying getting financial help from Brussels for small boat owners like the Norfolk Crab fishermen. John tells me they have been waiting for over 6 months for a promised grant for personal locator beacons. This is not good enough. John is going to raise this at a meeting in London, and I have promised to also ask questions in Europe."

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