12 September 2011
Fishermen in the South East have asked the NFFO to reinvigorate its South East Committee
They feel that the divisive issue of under-10m quota management has eclipsed a wide range of other issues of importance to fishermen in the South East. The NFFO as a result is to convene a meeting of interested fishermen in Shoreham on 22nd September to discuss the best way forward.
Tony Delahunty from Selsey Fishermen’s Association said:
“We recognise the importance of getting some kind of resolution to the problems of quota shortage in the under-10m fisheries but there are other important issues that directly affect our members that are not being addressed because of this exclusive focus on a single issue. Marine conservation zones, Defra’s plans for crab and lobster management and CFP reform, are equally important and are not getting the attention they deserve from a South East perspective”.
“That is why we have asked the NFFO to reinvigorate its South East Committee to ensure that we have a voice where it counts. For many years the SE Committee was an effective channel that brought our concerns to prominence in a coherent way. It is important that that voice is reinstated or we are all going to be losers”.
“From what I have seen, by attending a couple of meetings of the NFFO Executive, there is strength in working together as an industry rather than splitting into factions and an active South East Committee would ensure that the issues that are of concern to us would be raised”.
The meeting is to be held at the Ropetackle Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG, at 7pm on Thursday 22nd September.