Spanish reactions: “CFP proposal contains too much environmental protection”

The proposal for CFP reform has generated a wave of negative reactions in spain, reports fis.com.

According to fis.com, the Minister of Marine Affairs of Xunta de Galicia, Rosa Quintana, calls the proposal “disappointing”. She is reported to have said that the EU “forgets to review the scientific data and starts from the assumptions that banks are overexploited, when it has been shown not to be true.”

Environmental NGOs have broadly reacted negatively to the Commission’s proposal, claiming that it fails to address the problem of fleet overcapacity. Nevertheless, Spanish fishermen’s organisations claim that the reform proposal has been guided too much by environmental concerns and that it deals a devastating blow to employment.

The Spanish Fisheries Confederation (Cepesca) complains that “the Commission has been guided mainly by environmentalists’ voices and has fallen on catastrophic trends overdramatizing the state of the stocks against their own assessments,” according to fis.com.

Read more about the Spanish reactionsCFP reform proposal is ‘disappointing’ and ‘nonsensical’ (fis.com)

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