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    EU Exit – fisheries guidance events

    https://www.eastern-ifca.gov.uk/eu-e...idance-events/

    SFF and SSA push ministers to maximise Brexit benefits and solve trade issues

    https://www.sff.co.uk/sff-and-ssa-pu...-trade-issues/

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    Scottish associations pressure ministers to solve trade issues

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    Scottish associations are concerned that trade issues remain still to be solved, with Brexit only a few weeks away. Image: SFF

    The Scottish fishing industry has united to press ministers to maximise the opportunities for the UK outside the Common Fisheries Policy, including the rapid adoption of solutions to major practical problems that would arise for processors if no deal is reached.

    Representatives of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and the Scottish Seafood Association took the opportunity of a meeting with Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Theresa Villiers at Peterhead Fish Market last week to warn that issues relating to costs of export health certificates (EHCs) and the capacity of local authorities to provide them, labelling of seafood produce and access to labour, if left unresolved, could prevent the UK benefitting fully from leaving the Common Fisheries Policy.

    ‘The entire industry shares the goal of leaving the Common Fisheries Policy because this will allow the UK to determine who catches what, where and when in UK waters, and will lead to Scottish boats being able in future to catch a fairer share of the available quota from our own waters,’ said SFF chief executive Elspeth Macdonald.

    ‘But without urgent action by the government to provide solutions to these very real practical problems facing the fish processors in a no deal scenario, this could threaten the uplift that the whole industry will get from the UK becoming an independent coastal state with the ability to manage its own fisheries,’ she said, commenting that any supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

    ‘The catching and processing sectors have a shared interest in seeing proper measures put in place to provide clarity and certainty to seafood processing businesses. That message was delivered very forcefully to Theresa Villiers.’

    According to Jimmy Buchan, chief executive of the Scottish Seafood Association, with potentially only forty days until the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the industry is facing a series of major impediments to the continued smooth export of seafood produce into the EU.

    ‘Despite lengthy discussions and promises of solutions, the government has not been able to reassure us that there will not be lengthy delays for trucks exporting fresh and live produce through Dover to Calais and a number of other routes onto the continent,’ he said.

    ‘Such delays because of issues around EHCs and labelling could be fatal for some of the smaller processors in our industry. In addition, the lack of a commitment to ensuring the sector will continue to have access to the EU labour pool is seriously hampering forward planning. Together with our colleagues in the catching sector, who also ultimately would be affected if trade is disrupted, we demanded fast action from Theresa Villiers and hope to hear what is going to be done very soon.’

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    Supreme Court: Suspending Parliament was unlawful, judges rule

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49810261

    At least 2 of the judges used to work for the EU so should never have been allowed to sit

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    EUFA has constructive talks with Michel Barnier

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    EUFA representatives meet Michel Barnier. Image: EUFA

    EUFA has expressed its appreciation of both an opportunity for a frank and constructive exchange with Michel Barnier, and his unwavering commitment to achieving a balanced Brexit agreement that lays the foundations for a strong future relationship.

    The European Fisheries Alliance (EUFA), representing fishermen in nine coastal nations that can expect to be affected by the UK exit from the European Union, and Michel Barnier reiterated that only a strong link between fisheries and the wider trade relationship can do justice to the complex reality of the fisheries sector.

    ‘Given our natural interdependence, co-operation on the basis of mutual access to waters, fisheries resources, and markets is the only way forward to ensure continued sustainable fishing and the prosperity of all fleets,’ EUFA stated, adding that given the continued uncertainty in London, fishermen in the EU should be ready for all eventualities.

    EUFA warns that if the UK leaves without an agreement and should this lead to disruption in access to fishing grounds that have been shared for centuries, the consequences will be grave. A challenge of this magnitude requires a determined and united response by the European Commission, the Member States and the fishing industry.

    Michel Barnier outlined the ongoing efforts the Commission is making in this direction, while highlighting that any short-term effect of a disorderly withdrawal would set the tone for talks on the future EU-UK relationship.

    ‘We are grateful to Mr. Barnier for his continued support for the fishing industry and efforts to reach a balanced agreement. Legal uncertainty at sea will have grave consequences for the sustainability of fish stocks shared between the EU and UK and the economic future of all fleets fishing in the area. Weathering this storm will require a firm and united response by the industry, the European Commission and the Member States. European Unity, under the present leadership of Mr. Barnier will be paramount to achieve this,’ said EUFA chairman Gerard van Balsfoort.

    ‘Fishermen must not be left empty-handed or fall foul of short-term political goals. The current joint fisheries management framework is working and has greatly improved sustainability of the shared fish stocks. It is in our joint interest to uphold it until a new long-term framework is in place. We are convinced that we can continue to share fish, fishing grounds and markets after Brexit, to the benefit of all.’

    The European Fisheries Alliance’s membership includes fishermen’s organisations from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden, representing more than 18,000 fishermen and 3500 vessels across the industry, with an annual turnover €20.7 billion.

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    Fishing Boss names EU fishing nation worst hit by Brexit – it doesn't look good for Macron

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/11...fishery-policy

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    Rupert Lowe
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    Here’s the letter I’ve sent to Tajani, Chairman of the Brexit committee.

    There is potentially a serious case demonstrating we have already left the EU on April 12th!

    Supreme Court judgement could have made that a reality...

    https://twitter.com/RupertLowe10/sta...47077962846208

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    No-Deal threat to UK distant water fishing

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    The 81-metre Kirkella was delivered earlier this year. Image: UK Fisheries

    A no-deal Brexit could have disastrous consequences for the UK’s only distant water groundfish trawler operating primarily in Norwegian waters, unless an agreement could be quickly struck with Norway and the EU, allowing it to continue fishing.

    Delivered earlier this year, UK Fisheries’ Kirkella is one of the most advanced fishing vessels of its kind in the world, with the bulk of its seafrozen catches from the Barents Sea going to the UK fish-and-chip market.


    No-deal concerns: UK Fisheries CEO Jane Sandell. Image: UK Fisheries

    Crucially, Kirkella’s operations depend on agreements with Norway. These are agreements that are negotiated between Norway and the EU, and on day one of a no-deal Brexit the agreements under which the 81-metre factory trawler Kirkella operates would no longer apply to the UK.

    ‘If we can strike a deal with the EU then it should be business as usual, and we don’t ask for anything more than that. The real problem for us would be a no-deal Brexit, unless we can very quickly strike separate access deals with the Norwegians and others that will allow us to carry on fishing in the Barents Sea,‘ said UK Fisheries CEO Jane Sandell, commenting that there is the potential for the company to suffer severe damage if the situation is not resolved.

    The company has a workforce of 150, including Kirkella’s 30 crew, who would stand to be made redundant if the trawler loses access to its usual fishing grounds – with no alternative fishing activities in sight.

    The current 31st October deadline is approaching rapidly, and although UK Fisheries is making contingency plans, the options remain limited.

    ‘We’re as well prepared as we can be, but serious planning is almost impossible given the prevailing uncertainty,’ she said.

    ‘There have been some encouraging noises recently but we still don’t have any guarantees, so we need the politicians and negotiators to give this top priority if we are to continue bringing home sustainable cod and haddock after Brexit.’


    Kirkella’s fishing activities are outside both UK and EU waters. Image: UK Fisheries

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    Jackson Carlaw: Scottish Conservatives would not support Brexit delay

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    Brexit seminar at DanFish

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    Danish fishermen have good reason to be concerned about Brexit – a Brexit seminar will take place during next week’s DanFish exhibition

    A seminar examining the UK’s exit from the European Union will be one of the key events at this year’s DanFish exhibition. The seminar will be held in Danish and will take place on the first day of the exhibition at 2PM in The Little Theatre.

    The seminar is being organised by The Danish Fishermen’s PO and Danish Pelagic PO to take place during the DanFish exhibition in Aalborg. The purpose of the seminar is to look at the context of Brexit and the implications for the Danish fishing industry.

    The new executive of Danish Fishermen’s PO Kenn Skau Fischer, will be on hand to give his take on Brexit. After many years as the PO’s chief executive, Niels Wichmann is handing over the reins to Kenn Skau Fischer on 31st October, the day the UK is – so far, at least – expected to leave the European Union.

    Esben Sverdrup-Jensen of the Danish Pelagic PO will be there to speak about the potential implications for the pelagic sector, and new MEP and vice-chair of the EU Parliament fisheries committee Søren Gade will speak on the political context of Brexit as seen from Brussels.


    The new chief executive of Danish Fishermen’s PO Kenn Skau Fischer, will be on hand to give his take on the situation at the DanFish exhibition Brexit seminar

    Last, but certainly not least, former Danish Ambassador in the United Kingdom Mr. Claus Grube will participate in the seminar and give his view on possible consequences of a Brexit​ for both sides.

    ‘The risk of a No-Deal Brexit remains, posing a dramatic challenge for the Danish fishing industry and the more than 16,000 jobs in coastal communities it supports. Around 70% of the Danish pelagic landings come from waters that could be closed off for our vessels by November 1st,’ Esben Sverdrup-Jensen said.

    ‘DanFish 2019 brings together stakeholders from the whole of the European fishing sector and provides an unique venue for us as organisations to communicate the latest political developments, how we work to secure access and fishing rights are protected and to engage in dialogue with those who are facing the possible consequences of Brexit.’

    Cross-Europe interest

    While European fishing in general has had some good years, with solid fish prices, reasonable fuel costs and the industry seeing a greater level of investment taking place than for many years, everything is currently overshadowed by the uncertainty of Brexit.

    Since the British electorate voted in 2016 by a wafer-thin majority to leave the European Union, followed by the drama of a general election and a leadership election within the ruling Conservative party, there has been an ongoing state of uncertainty.

    As well as fishing companies, there are plenty of Danish companies in the fishing industry’s service sector that also have good reason to be concerned by the Brexit situation and the ongoing uncertainty of what the outcome is likely to be.

    ‘I don’t have much to say about Brexit,’ commented Peter Freiesleben, CEO of Aalborg company System Cleaners A/S which does its business across the European brewery, dairy, meat and poultry sectors, as well as being active in the fishing industry.

    ‘I can only say it will be challenging if UK leaves with no-deal scenario. For sure, this will cause extra logistic costs and transportation time.’

    One of the members of the European Fisheries Alliance (EUFA) set up by the group of nine coastal nations that will be directly affected by Brexit, the Danish Fishermen’s PO has serious concerns for its members’ continued access to what have until now been shared fishing grounds.

    ‘We still have no real idea of what is likely to happen,’ said incoming chief executive Kenn Skau Fischer.

    ‘A no-deal Brexit would be disastrous for everyone, and not least for the UK fishing industry that relies on access to European markets.’

    He commented that with the 31st October cut-off date rapidly approaching, there is no indication that an agreement can be reached, and the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit appears to be greater than at any point up to now.

    ‘This affects everyone in the Danish fishing industry, and this long-term uncertainty that we have had to live with so far has also been detrimental for markets and investment.’

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    UK-Norway fisheries agreement signed – for 2019

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    The new Single Issuing Authority is encouraging UK >12 vessel owners to apply for IMO numbers

    UK and Norway have signed continuity agreement which enables UK vessels to continue fishing in Norwegian waters after 31st October, with the agreement ensuring that current arrangements remain in place to the end of this year.

    At present UK fishing vessels operate in Norwegian waters under an agreement between the EU and Norway. As the UK leaves the EU, this agreement will cease. This new agreement maintains existing arrangements between the two countries will remain in place until the end of 2019.

    According to a statement, both the UK and Norway are committed to continuing to work together, providing certainty for their respective industries and managing shared fish stocks sustainably.

    These arrangements will honour the existing access arrangements agreed, in as far as they concern the UK and Norway, and ensure that appropriate licensing, control and enforcement provisions are in place, following the model agreed by the EU and Norway.

    The agreement also honours management decisions that were made with Norway for 2019 for North Sea stocks that are jointly managed, while also honouring existing quota exchanges for 2019, and existing access arrangements between the two countries.

    In further preparation for exit day, a new licensing authority, the Single Issuing Authority (SIA), has also been set up jointly by the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland administrations. This will ensure the availability of the correct licences to fish legally after leaving the EU.

    The SIA is calling on vessel owners in the over 12-metre fleet to ensure their vessel has an IMO number, which will be needed to fish outside UK waters when we leave the EU. Owners of vessels are urged to register now for an IMO number from the International Maritime Organisation to enable the timely processing of the subsequent licensing documentation.

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