SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has reacted angrily to Tory calls in the European Parliament for recreational fishing to be included as part of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.

In a parliamentary resolution signed by Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson, the Tories state that recreational fishing has not been “tackled” in the Commission’s CFP proposals and should be included in the CFP reform process.

A recent Scottish government study found that recreational sea angling supports over 3000 jobs in Scotland and is worth more than £37 million annually.

Mr Hudghton commented:

“At a time when most people are campaigning for a hugely decentralised fisheries policy in Europe, the Tories seem to be advocating more Brussels control.

“The Tories state that recreational fishing has not been ‘tackled’ in the CFP reform package as if angling was some sort of problem. Angling is not a problem – it’s a constructive pastime enjoyed by thousands of Scots and one which contributes millions to the economy.

“The EU’s management of our commercial fisheries has been nothing short of disastrous – so calls for Brussels to take control of angling would be laughable if they weren’t so serious.

“Generations have enjoyed angling around Scotland’s bays, sea-lochs and islands – and Tory calls for the EU to take control must be strongly resisted.”


2012-02-17 08:20

The mind numbing stupidity of these Tories knows no end. When will they get it into their thick heads that anything the EU do and in particular with fisheries is the kiss of death to Scotland.
Out of touch for the Tories is barely hinting at their incompetence.
2012-02-17 09:38

What’s next, ponds and fish tanks?
2012-02-17 22:09

They’re no touching my fish tank, and I’ll fight tooth and nail to defend this position!

the wallace
2012-02-17 10:25

Upsake,maybe that is their intention all alond?
2012-02-17 14:50

Well said Wallace! Strange how a Tory, a member of the Middle England Party who routinely disparage the EU, is advocating an EU Fisheries policy which would do even more harm to the Scottish Fishing economy … oh, wait …
2012-02-17 15:45

An obvious bit of sabotage aimed at Scotland.
Sleazy and devious.
2012-02-17 19:10

When I was a lad in the Elgin Sea Angling Club we regularly used to come home with 4 tonne of Haddock we had caught in a big trailer behind the minibus ….. or did I dream it ?

Stupid Tories. Angling is hardly a threat to fish stocks.
2012-02-17 21:19

?? That must be a very big trailer for you to catch 4t of haddock in ….???!!!

But then again .. you did dream it ;-))

J Wil
2012-02-17 20:19

Now I am really getting angry.

Will it be rivers next?
edinburgh quine
2012-02-17 22:51

They wont touch the rivers. they own most of’em and make a load of money out of them. I know sea angling and river fishing is different, but perhaps they’re hoping that those who go out to sea will turn to the rivers. I live between the Spey and the Findhorn, both popular rivers to fish, but MOST of the fishing is owned by the (probably Tory owned) estates in the area.
J Wil
2012-02-18 12:08

My worry is that some smart character will want to introduce rod licences for river, loch and reservoir fishing, as they have in England. It’s a double whammy. You pay for your angling licence and you pay for your rod licence.

I believe the rod licence is intended to pay for improvements, so there is an incentive there for riparian owners to off load this cost onto anglers.

Edna Caine
2012-02-17 23:04

Do the Tories have a death wish?

I am sure sea-angling is very popular in Scotland but so it is all across England. Especially in areas such as the West Country, the South Coast, East Anglia and London. These areas are those which show the greatest antipathy to the EU and support for the likes of UKIP. This could cost the Tories thousands of votes in their southern homelands. Scotland is already lost to them.

What plonker thought up this idiotic disaster?
2012-02-18 00:04

I think the letters D.C. and the number 10 spring to mind. 😀

2012-02-17 23:43


But Hilarious!!!…/…

Stirling Council has failed to set a budget after Labour councillors voted against their own amendment, causing the motion to be defeated.

The Labour group accused the SNP minority administration, which runs the council, of attempting to “steal” its alternative budget.
2012-02-18 07:41

This is about sea angling is it not? Why then is the article accompanied by a coarse fisherman with a coarse fish (carp?) Very confusing!
Also Mr Stevenson appears to have changed his tune:…/…
2012-02-18 10:02

It’s a Google inserted advert
2012-02-19 01:15

You can’t keep a good con artist down! 😀

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