In today’s crucial vote on the reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), London’s Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis voted for the package of measures which will put an end to the practice of dumping fish in the sea if fishermen catch more than their quota.

Mrs. Yannakoudakis also voted against the European People Party’s amendment which would have allowed discards up to 10% of the EU total annual catch to continue as well as the fisheries committee’s amendment which would have allowed discards of up to 5%.

In her speech on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, Mrs. Yannakoudakis recognised the importance of fisheries for London even though it is an inland constituency, saying: “The vast Billingsgate market, for example, has a turnover of £200 million a year.”

On the CFP, she added: “A centralised system managed by Brussels has lost the confidence of fishermen. It has also lost the confidence of consumers as they have expressed their outrage at perfectly good fish are being dumped overboard because of rigid quotas.

“We need a Common Fisheries Policy which will allow fish stocks to grow. We need to protect our resources for the future so that we can have not more fish but more jobs and more prosperous communities.”