UK-EU agreement on catch levels for 2021
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.
The deal ensures stability for UK fleets, with all allowable catch totals remaining in line with provisional catch limits set earlier this year, except for eight which have small increases.
The annual negotiations for 2021, in which the UK participated as an independent coastal state outside the Common Fisheries Policy, follow the signing of the UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the EU.
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 quotas for these stocks compared to the quotas allocated in 2020. This increase is estimated at around 27 million tonnes. 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.
UK Government Minister for Scotland David Duguid said:
Basically, this agreement and the formation of a specialized committee on fisheries means that both parties can now move forward with the exchange of fishing quotas. This is a particularly important issue for the whitefish fleet in Scotland.
I continue to work with colleagues from the UK government, Scottish government ministers and most importantly industry representatives to advance the best interests of the Scottish seafood industry now that the UK is a state independent coastal.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said:
As we move forward as an independent coastal state, we have consistently defended the interests of our industry and sought to manage our fisheries in a more sustainable manner.
This agreement provides 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 Committee on Fisheries, for continued cooperation in fisheries management to support conservation and sustainable fishing. The agreement also adjusted sea bass management measures to reduce the level of unnecessary discards without affecting sustainability.
The written record of these negotiations will be published following the EU’s internal ratification processes.