approach to the Strategy Unit report
16. Our report does not address all 33 of the recommendations
in the SU report. We focus on those recommendations of a more
sensitive and controversial nature, which naturally tend to be
those with the greatest potential effect on the industry and about
which opinion was most divided.
17. Overall we are supportive of
the general thrust and aims of the Strategy Unit report, although
we do have reservations about specific recommendations. It is
a well-considered, thoughtful and informed report that attempts
to address the issues facing the fishing industry in a constructive
and practical manner. We are greatly encouraged by its starting
pointthat the UK fishing industry is not in inevitable
decline and has a potentially bright future. We agree with the
report's conclusion that urgent action is needed if this potential
is to be realised.