Saving our fish

Saving our fish

Written by Charles Cann, 11 July 1997

The European Union's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has been widely pilloried within Britain, particularly in the last two or three years, and cited as another example of Brussels' ineptitude and its prejudice against British interests. The controversy over the future of the fishing industry has re-opened a number of painful old scars, and many people have refused to recognise the extent to which the conservation of the fisheries around our shores must depend on successful international co-operation – and on uncomfortable decisions to reduce, British, as well as other European, fishing.