Fisheries regime after Brexit

Fisheries regime after Brexit

DEFRA has announced its fisheries white-paper setting out its plans for a new UK fisheries management.

Brexit was an oppurtunity for UK fishermen, as it is believed that the number of competitors will decrese and now the new plans have come out.

The white paper – ‘Sustainable Fisheries for Future Generations’ – outlines how powers to be proposed in the Fisheries Bill will give the UK full control of its waters, and the ability to set fishing opportunities such as quota.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “As an island nation, our fishing industry is the lifeblood of coastal communities around the UK.

“I have been clear that when we leave the EU, we will take back control of our waters, while ensuring we don’t see our fishermen unfairly denied access to other waters.

“The plans set out today demonstrate the bright future in store, as we build the UK fishing industry for future generations, by putting the importance of a healthy marine environment at its heart.”

Even though Prime Minister is happy with the white-paper, Scotland denoted that they are unhappy with the white paper, and that it had not been consulted on its contents.

‘’Sitting at the heart of the white paper will be the UK government’s commitment to sustainable fisheries, including ending the wasteful discarding of fish, and making clear that vessels will only be allowed to fish in our waters if they adhere to our high sustainability standards,” said DEFRA.

“It will also commit to publishing an annual statement, setting out the health of fish stocks and based on the latest scientific evidence. If stocks are struggling, the four UK fisheries administrations will work together to put in place a comprehensive recovery plan to restore them to healthy levels.

“Likewise, the paper will outline a new approach to tackling ‘choke species’.”

To see the white-page


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