The comments made by George Eustice, the then Minister for Farming, Food and Fisheries, on 24 October 2013.
I want to work closely with fishermen so we can achieve our shared goals of a thriving fishing industry, sustainable fish stocks and a healthy marine environment.
I wanted to make a visit to Scotland an early priority. There are some important negotiations in the months ahead, particularly relating to cod quotas.
Reducing quotas at a time when stocks have increased would only lead to increased discards which no one wants.