Brexit: British fishermen left out – while Norway sucks up mackerel | Politics | New
And Trevor Datson said the grim situation contrasted starkly with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s lofty promises before Britain left the European Union last year. Mr Datson is the spokesperson for UK Fisheries Ltd, whose vessel Kirkella is currently unable to fish in the waters surrounding Norway as London has not been able to strike a bilateral deal with Olso.
To rub the salt into the wound, a report on the Norwegian website Fiskeribladet suggests that Norwegian fishermen should profit in the absence of such a deal to the tune of more than £ 100million.
Mr. Datson said Express.co.uk: “This makes it very difficult for us to read and confirms everything we have said.
“We put Kirkella in dry dock for routine maintenance just to try and make the most of the weather when our British crews can’t fish but others – including the Norwegians – can.
Talks with Norway to end a deal collapsed in April, with no prospect of a deal before 2022, leaving UK fishermen dependent on so-called ‘distant waters’ – that is. – say non-British waters – no luck.
The situation was perfectly avoidable given the time the UK government – and Environment Secretary George Eustice – had had more than a year to strike a deal since leaving the bloc, Datson stressed.
He added: “All we asked for was to be able to continue fishing the same way we have for decades, but at the moment nothing we do or say has been done. of effect on a government that simply does not listen. .
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He explained: “It seems to me that Norway is taking a bet, the outcome of which depends on the pattern of mackerel migration.
“If mackerel move a lot in Norwegian waters, with the higher quotas that Norway has allocated, they could be the winners.
“If the fish take a different migration path, Norway may not be able to catch its quotas in its own waters or may only be able to catch lower quality may be poor.”
He added: “The UK is losing out by not having access to the North East Arctic cod quota in North Norway.
“And it was expected that there would be trade in quotas of jointly managed stocks from the North Sea from Norway to the UK as part of the deal.”
Addressing the plight of the British fishery last month, Karl Turner, Labor MP for Hull, said: ‘I am absolutely disgusted – the broken promises of this Conservative government are selling fishermen and women at the worst possible time in Hull and across the UK.
“For years the industry has warned that separate deals should be negotiated, but here we are in 2021 with the Kirkella docked at the King George Wharf in Hull in East Hull.
“It is an incredibly sad day for my city, which has been abandoned and ignored once again by the government.
“Brexit was supposed to be the salvation of the fishing industry, but Hull has hundreds of jobs and millions of investments left behind.”
Also speaking last month in the wake of the collapse of talks with Norway, a spokesperson for Defra said: “We have always been clear that we will only make deals if they are balanced and in the right direction. interest of the UK fishing industry.
“We have offered a fair deal on access to UK waters and the exchange of fishing quotas, but we have concluded that our positions remain too far apart to reach an agreement this year.
“Norway is a key partner and we will continue to work with them during the year.”