Ian Hudghton (Greens/EFA) – Mr President, my Green/ EFA Group colleague Ms Lövin has contributed her expertise and commitment to this report and that is one of the reasons why – unusually for a Fisheries Committee report – it is being greeted with unanimity across this Chamber. The report says that the EU, at least on paper, has armed itself with tools to combat illegal fishing, but that we have to do more than that to persuade other regimes and other states to act. We have to be above reproach, and it further calls on the review of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to be used to create incentives for legal fishing. This is very important. Incentives are absolutely crucial to successful fisheries management policy, and the current CFP has singularly failed to provide them. By contrast, the conservation credit scheme that is operating in Scotland has government, industry and environmental NGOs all working together to devise and implement successful management measures which, among other things, are radically reducing wastage through discards. In my view, a CFP which threatens 'equal access to waters and resources' will not help to encourage such initiatives, nor will it provide the necessary incentives to report illegal activity.

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