VoteClimate: Fisheries Management - 13th July 2021

Fisheries Management - 13th July 2021

Here are the climate-related sections of speeches by MPs during the Commons debate Fisheries Management.

Full text: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2021-07-13/debates/93AB2D73-ACC0-42E7-8337-466BCA363297/FisheriesManagement

09:45 Peter Aldous (Conservative)

Secondly, the Government must ban bottom-trawling in marine protected areas, especially on the Dogger Bank. They should also look to restrict engine power in MPAs, which would not only safeguard our fisheries for future generations but reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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09:50 Liz Saville-Roberts (Plaid Cymru)

One solution would be devolution of the Crown Estate to Wales, as has happened in Scotland. That action would further holistic fisheries management in Wales and support not only our decarbonisation efforts, but the viability of our fishing industry. While I welcome the co-operation between the UK and devolved Governments on joint policy statements, it is essential that such co-operation is grounded in dialogue.

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10:54 Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat)

There is no doubt that fishing has faced and is facing a number of issues. Some of them are longer term, such as changes in consumer taste, the impact of overfishing and the climate emergency. I echo the comments of the right hon. Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Liz Saville Roberts), expressing her faith in the expertise of the industry to help tackle that climate impact. We know that the short-term and more acute factors are covid over the past year and a half and Brexit. If we look to future management—the topic of the debate—it is clear that those two are the most critical and acute.

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