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LIBERAL Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has described proposals to reform the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) as a ‘positive step’.

The European Commission has unveiled proposals to overhaul the policy by providing fishing fleets with greater flexibility, ending the practice of fish discarding and securing the long-term sustainability of European fish stocks.

Sir Alan said: “Fishermen themselves do not want to operate a system which involves throwing fish back into the sea which cannot survive and what they need is a regional management system under which discarding is unnecessary and recognition is given to the mixed nature of the fisheries on which our local boats depend.”