United Kingdom – EU signs agreement on catch levels for 2021
(MENAFN – Caribbean News Global)
By Caribbean News Global
LONDON, England – The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Marine Management Organization, announced on Friday that the UK has now concluded annual fisheries negotiations with the EU, providing certainty to the fishing industry on catch limits for the remainder of 2021.
Catch limits known as Total Allowable Catch have been set for 70 fish stocks and replace previous provisional catch limits for 2021 – and – the deal ensures stability for UK fleets, all allowable totals catches remaining within provisional catch limits set earlier this year, aside from eight which have small increases, ” the government said in a press release.
The annual negotiations for 2021, in which the UK participated as an independent coastal state, follow the signing of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
The agreement means:
- The total value of UK-EU fishing opportunities for the UK in 2021 is around £ 333million. This equates to approximately 160,000 tonnes.
- As a result of the trade and cooperation agreement and these negotiations, the UK fleet will have around 26,000 tonnes of additional quota for these stocks compared to the quotas allocated in 2020. This increase is estimated at around 27 million. pound sterling.
- The two parties also pledged to trade fishing quotas on a provisional basis before a longer-term trading system to be set up by the specialized fisheries committee.
The Fisheries Specialist Committee established under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement will provide a forum for discussions on fisheries issues between the EU and the UK and will meet for the first time in June.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “As we move forward as an independent coastal state, we have been determined to represent the interests of our industry and seek to manage our fisheries in a more sustainable manner. This deal brings certainty to our fishing industry and we now have a stable platform in place to manage our fisheries this year and for years to come. ”
As a responsible coastal state, the UK is committed to increasing the sustainable management of fish stocks in UK waters.
” The agreement with the EU also provides a framework, through the Specialized Fisheries Committee, for continued cooperation on fisheries management to support conservation and sustainable fisheries. The agreement also adjusted sea bass management measures to reduce the level of unnecessary discharges without affecting sustainability, ” the press release reads.
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