Fishing boss denounces ‘national shame’ over failed deal with Norway
Owners of a supertrawler have denounced the failure of fishing negotiations with Norway, which left hundreds of crew members out of work.
Failure to strike a deal means fish and chip shops will sell arctic cod imported from Norway rather than landed in Britain, UK Fisheries has said.
His giant vessel Kirkella, which normally catches around 10% of all fish sold in UK chip shops, is now docked in Hull with no viable long-term opportunities.
But in order to supply the chippies with British fish, the Kirkella must have access to quotas from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Norway.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the UK and Norway’s positions were too far apart to reach agreement this year.
No access or quota exchange agreement has been concluded with the Faroe Islands either.
UK Fisheries Director-General Jane Sandell said Environment Secretary George Eustice owed the industry an explanation.
“It’s a very dark day for Britain,” she said.
“George Eustice owes our crews and the Humberside region an explanation as to why Defra has not even been able to maintain the rights we have to fish in Norwegian waters for decades, let alone stand by. brag about a ‘Brexit bonus’, which turned into a disaster.
“As a result, there will be no UK-caught Arctic cod sold via chippies for our national dish – everything will be imported from the Norwegians, who will continue to sell their fish products in the UK duty-free. rights when we are excluded. waters.
“It is simply a disgrace and a national embarrassment.”
The UK Fisheries board will now meet to decide how much presence it can have in Hull without any viable fishing possibilities in its traditional areas.
A Defra spokesperson said: ‘We have always been clear that we will only make deals if they are balanced and in the best interests 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.”