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EU fisheries policy favours large vessels

The Discovery Channel photographer Corey Arnold gets into the Irish Times, criticising the Common Fisheries Policy. The more awareness of the problems facing fisheries the better, but the discards issue has been dominating the headlines at the expense of other issues. Smart Taxes hopes to target the issue of subsidies that favour unsustainable fishing practices.

He has already travelled for the Pew project through eight EU coastal states, including Ireland and Scotland. He said he found fishermen just as concerned as environmentalists about the state of stocks, and “no one had a good word to say about Brussels”.

In his view, current European Union management policies favour large vessels and make it almost impossible for small boats, on which many coastal communities depend, to survive.

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