The NFFO Executive Committee met recently in Newlyn to review the Federationís policies in the run up to the December Council and beyond. With agreement that the Commissionís proposals for an interim cod regime, pending replacement of the 'discredited ' EU Cod Management Plan, represented real progress in the direction advocated by the NFFO, RACs and others.
But there are weaknesses says the NFFO. The Commissionís proposals still however contain a number of flaws which need to be ironed out, chiefly the proposed prohibition of quota transfers to and from Catch Quota vessels fitted with CCTV cameras; this mistaken policy, based on a misunderstanding of quota management arrangements in the member states, has the capacity to derail the catch quota trials if not removed
At the same meeting an update on the Federationís work on CFP reform was received, including: Lobbying of the EU Parliament ,a recent meeting with the relevant Defra officials, a presentation at a recent Westminster conference and working within the regional advisory councils.
Among the other issues discussed were domestic quota reform, the industryís reputation following Ďdishonestí media† reports, Defraís response to the Federationís shellfish paper and safety and training. Meanwhile, a meeting of the Federationís South East Committee in Rye had been postponed because of a bereavement and would be rearranged for the New Year.
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