The Commission's Green Paper offered countries the opportunity to set out their principles on European fisheries policy in a consultation that ended on 31 December 2009. In its response (www.scotland.gov.uk/cfp), the Scottish Government has set out its vision for Scotland to manage her own seas and to deliver improvements for Scotland's fishing fleets and fish stocks through managing stocks in partnership with other nations who share those stocks.
Measures spelled out in the Scottish Government response include:
- management measures to end discards
- co-management of Scotland's seas with industry and marine stakeholders
- management measures aligned with marine environmental and planning objectives
- a model that respects each country's historic fishing rights and prevents quota being sold to other countries
The report states that the Government's response has been informed by stakeholder and public consultation, which has revealed the following themes which the Government believe must be addressed inorder to achieve meaningful reform:
- decision-making delegated to those closest to the fishery
- changes to fisheries management to bring about an end to discards
- efforts of Member States and stakeholders to manage fisheries recognised, encouraged and incentivised
- improvements to the data underlying fisheries management decisions.