Fishermen should be listened to says Carmichael

The government should listen to fishermen to get the best results, parliament heard during a post-Brexit fisheries debate.

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael led the debate and insisted the minister for fisheries should listen to what fishermen had to say.

The debate was scheduled to talk about issues such as gill netting and quotas among other issues which would help make the industry become more sustainable.

Mr Carmichael told the house that those who know best are the ones that decisions would affect.

He said: “The minister has a number of substantial tasks on his plate between now and the end of the year.

“The EU-UK-Norway talks have taken the place that arguably they always did had, rather than the December Fisheries Council, which we all tended to obsess about.

“Those talks are the focus of what will be on his agenda.”

Mr Carmichael said that if the minister was to take anything away from the debate it should be that it should be to get the best deal with fishing communities in mind.

He added: “I do not know how many fisheries ministers I have seen come and go over the years, but the difference between a good one and a bad one has always been their willingness to engage with the industry.

“There is good will and there is a wealth of expertise there, but it has to be asked for.”


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