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12:08pm 24th February 2012

Cornish MPs tell Europe "give us back our fishing rights"

Officials want to ban large numbers of fish being thrown back into the sea.

Now there are calls for countries to wrestle control of stocks from Brussels.

It is because of fears a blanket rule could backfire.

Looe trawlerman Dave Bond says the rules are too tight:

"Because of the quotas in the winter this boat is restricted so much it's barely viable to be quite honest and if it wasn't for my age I'd be thinking about selling it and downgrading, because it's not viable in the winter"

"It's a classic example with the under ten metre fleet. There's very little quota and now they're saying "you can go out and buy quota". Well, hang on a minute, why should we go out and buy quota when that quota was originally offered for free to the over ten metre boats?"

Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice is heading up calls for the UK to get back controls from Europe.

He says instead Brussels should set the general policy and aims, and then individual countries work out how best to implement them:

"People would be able to get things done. If we needed a change or an adjustment in our fisheries policy people would be able to talk to UK fisheries ministers about it and get an agreement and get things changed"

"At the moment the European Union is such a huge complicated morass that it's almost impossible to get things done and to get agreement on anything. It always becomes about haggling and negotiation and it's just impossible to get the kind of change that we need"

12:08pm 24th February 2012

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