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14 June 2012
Commenting on the announcement, Andrew Kuyk, director of sustainability at the Food and Drink Federation said:
“The outcome of Tuesday's discussions on the future of the EU represents an essential first step in what is likely to be a long and difficult negotiation”.
“FDF and its member companies have consistently been working with a wide range of stakeholders, including an industry alliance with WWF and retailers, to press for changes to fisheries management. These are based on long-term plans for protecting and rebuilding stocks to deliver sustainable supplies of quality fish to consumers at prices they can afford, enabling them to reap the huge health benefits from eating more seafood”.
“We therefore welcome the UK Government's stance in pressing for radical reform, but these most recent discussions highlight the difficulties the EU faces in trying to make fundamental changes to the way it manages its fish resources”.
“For some time, fish processors have been leading the way in building sustainable supply chains from the many examples well managed fisheries in other parts of the world”.
Full details of the FDF Seafood Group can be found at http://www.fdf.org.uk/seafood_group.aspx