The Danish fishing industry wlcomes a new Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Rasmus Prehn
The Danish Fisheries Association looks forward to the collaboration with the new Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Rasmus Prehn.
Danish fisheries face major challenges with Brexit waiting ahead and a number of difficult negotiations on fishing quotas for 2021. Therefore, the dialogue with the industry is more important than ever before.
“We are very much looking forward to the cooperation with the new Minister. There are plenty of tasks, and fishing is challenged on several fronts. Therefore, we hope for a close and good collaboration with the new minister so that we can work together to secure the future of the fishery,” says Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association.
Fishing concretely struggles with a jungle of rules, and that makes it difficult to be a fisherman. Therefore, it is a great wish of the fishing industry that the new Minister will make an effort to remove the unnecessary regulation that stands in the way of the development of the fishing industry. At the same time, Danish fisheries are ready to develop fishing in an even more sustainable direction.
“Today, 80 percent of landings in Danish fisheries are sustainable certified, and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 60 percent since the beginning of the 90s. But we are not at the finish line yet. We are ready to take the next steps and we believe that we can go a long way with the new Minister. Especially if we can at the same time weed out the many foolish rules that right now lie like a heavy blanket over Danish fishing,” says a hopeful Svend-Erik Andersen.
At the same time, Rasmus Prehn’s North Jutland origins bring joy to the fishing industry. Rasmus Prehn has been elected in Hjørring and lives in Aalborg and therefore knows everything about the conditions in North Jutland, where the fishing secures jobs for many northern Jutlanders in the fishing itself and in the accompanying industries.
“Fishing is an important part of Denmark and Danish culture, not least in North Jutland. I know that the new Minister is fully aware of this, and I hope and believe that he will take that understanding into the ministry. And that is exactly what is needed,” concludes Svend-Erik Andersen.