UK lands new fisheries minister


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
May 19, 2010

The United Kingdom has a new fisheries minister.

MP Richard Benyon takes over as parliamentary under secretary of state for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Previously, Benyon served as a shadow minister for the Environment, Fisheries and Wildlife since last year and also served on the Home Affairs Select Committee.

Benyon’s appointment comes as the new British coalition government, led by David Cameron of the Conservatives as prime minister and Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats as deputy, took power last week.

Benyon replaces Huw Irranca-Davies.

“We are delighted with this news and wish Mr. Benyon every success in his new role. We look forward to working with Mr. Benyon to further support the interests of marine fisheries management,” said Seafish CEO John Rutherford.

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