Hudghton (Greens/EFA) - Mr President, just before Christmas we had the annual Brussels pantomime, otherwise known as the Council of Fisheries Ministers, which deliberated on catch quotas for 2004, along with longer-term recovery measures for cod. For the second successive year the outcome for Scots coastal and island communities was a disaster. While increasing haddock quotas, which was welcome, the Council limited the Scots fleet to only 15 days at sea, and also restricted access to certain key areas. That is likely to bankrupt many boats. Incredibly the UK Government-led ministerial team actually volunteered Scotland for this suicidal package! It is little wonder that many Scots have now completely lost faith in the CFP. I am calling on the European Commission to look again at this package and to accept that the unworkable and discriminatory nature of its regulation must be re-examined.

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