Submission on Preparation of a New Seafood Development Programme 2014

The Environmental Pillar welcomes the opportunity to comment on the preparation of the Seafood Development Programme 2014-2020. We offer the following comments which we believe will be helpful in directing the programme towards the establishment of an industry, capable of supporting coastal communities, low-impact fishing and employment in processing. The Programme must be based on the scientific realities of the need to reverse an historic over-exploitation of the biological marine resources. What we have to date is a pattern of policies and lack of enforcement that has led to a totally unsustainable fisheries industry and at great cost to the tax payer.
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