Hudghton (Greens/EFA) - I abstained on the Attwooll report because, whilst I could agree with much of it, it failed to address the fundamental problem with our current fisheries management system: the fact that Europe's waters are governed centrally in the form of the CFP. The report states that marine biological resources are a 'common public good', but fails to recognise that these resources are best managed by Europe's fishing nations. The report states that 'fishing right management mechanisms should be adopted at Community level', when the reality shows that Community management of fisheries has been an unmitigated disaster. Different management tools should be studied with a view to ensuring the long-term viability of Europe's fishing communities, but the key decisions relating to these tools should be the responsibility of the fishing nations, not the European institutions.

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