Fishermen to discuss concerns with MEP

C131016-2 Bog Pier phot kate''Catherine Bearder, member of the European Parliament for the south east.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131016-2 ENGSUS00120130722181454
C131016-2 Bog Pier phot kate''Catherine Bearder, member of the European Parliament for the south east.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131016-2 ENGSUS00120130722181454
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Members of Eastbourne’s fishing community will meet Euro MP Catherine Bearder and town MP Stephen Lloyd today (Friday) to discuss fishing quotas.

They will get together at Sovereign Harbour.

Catherine will be meeting Eastbourne fishermen activist Graham Doswell along with other fishermen to discuss EU fishing quotas for small-scale fishing fleets and to discuss EU funding for their proposed developments on the site.

Liberal Democrat Catherine has been campaigning for fairer quotas for sustainable fishermen and for a disclaimer which permits the use of driftnets on a small-scale and forbids it for use by larger-scale fishermen.

She has also worked closely with local fishermen to advise them of funding available to them from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

Local fishermen were also due to meet with Conservative government minister George Eustice MP last night (Thursday).

He is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Farming, Food and Marine Environment and will meet Michael Newton Smith to see plans for a new fishing quay at the harbour.

Mr Eustice helped deliver something similar for the fishing community in his own constituency.

He will meet with Caroline Ansell, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Eastbourne and Willingdon, the East Sussex County Council member for Sovereign ward Dave Elkin, and Eastbourne Borough Council ward councillor Gordon Jenkins.

Planning permission has been granted for a multi-million pound fishing quay with a visitor centre behind the Harvester restaurant.