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    Scots associations push for control of UK waters

    http://fiskerforum.dk/en/news/b/scot...l-of-uk-waters

    Two Scottish fishermens’ associations are urging the UK government to confirm its commitment to leaving the Common Fisheries Policy on the 29th of March 2019 and to take full responsibility for UK waters immediately post-Brexit.

    The Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association (SWFPA) and the Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA) between them account for close to three hundred fishing vessels operating in the North Sea and west of Scotland, and they warn that a failure to take back control and manage fisheries as an independent coastal state would be both damaging and unacceptable.

    ‘An implementation period in which the UK had no voting rights in framing EU laws and regulations concerning its own fisheries would expose Scottish fishermen to serious harm. We depend on the outcomes of annual fisheries talks and international agreements for our very existence,’ said SWFPA chief executive Mike Park.

    ‘It would be unthinkable to relegate our fishermen to the status of powerless bystanders in their own waters, unable to control or affect what happens in them. If the UK government is truly seeking to create stability for business as we exit the EU then it has to acknowledge the serious damage that can be caused to fishing as a result of a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Fishing is a unique industry that deserves bespoke treatment.’

    His words were echoed by SFA executive officer Simon Collins, who commented that it would be a nonsense for the UK to hand responsibility for its waters straight back to Brussels at the point of Brexit.

    ‘It would not be an extension of the status quo – it would be far worse, as we would be powerless to prevent non-UK fleets hammering our fish stocks during the implementation period,’ he said.

    ‘We insist on full control over access to our waters and the management of our fisheries as an independent Coastal State from March 2019, when we withdraw from the EU and CFP. An implementation period may make sense for some business sectors, but fishing is emphatically not one of them.’

    Source: SWFPA

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    North Sea AC needs Brexit clarity

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    During a meeting in Brussels yesterday of the North Sea Advisory Council (NSAC) it became clear that aspects of the Brexit negotiations are still unclear. According to Dutch fishermen’s association VisNed, with more than a hundred shared stocks in the North sea and western waters, agreements need to be made on management of TACs, access to the waters and to the market.

    The second stage of Brexit negotiations have begun and are expected to last through to October, and the possibility of a transition period is being discussed that could run to the end of 2021.

    ‘It is clear to the EU that fishing also needs to be part of the transition period,’ said VisNed’s spokesman. ‘The problem is that the UK does not in any way provide clarity on its position, apparently due to internal divisions about the right approach and starting positions. This makes it difficult to negotiate and even harder to make agreements about the period that lies ahead.’

    According to VisNed, Europe is looking to maintain a status quo for the transition period, while new agreements must be made on management after the separation. The EU’s preferred position is to continue agreements on the MSY approach, as well as on discards and other issues.

    ‘To this purpose, a consultation structure plus decision-making processes must be put in place with the UK, but the question is whether this can still be done in the Scheveningen group or whether something else has to be set up,’ VisNed said.

    ‘The same applies to the position of the North Sea Advisory Council. The UK organisations and NGOs remain full members until the end of March 2019 and agreements have to be made for the subsequent period. After all, despite Brexit, we are closely tied to each other on the North Sea – and that is not meant as something negative. But it is important that the UK comes up with a position statement in the short term. According to the UK representatives on the NSAC, they also do not know what the British government will be doing.’

    ‘Fortunately, both the English and the Scottish representatives have argued that we can not work without co-operating in the interest of fishermen and the good management of fish stocks and waters.’

    At the NASC meeting it was agreed that a small working group is to be established which will as soon as more information is available from the UK will start to formulate advice on stakeholder consultation on the post-Brexit prospects, both for the transition period and subsequently

    Source: VisNed

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    Industry welcomes positive stance from ministers on CFP exit

    http://www.sff.co.uk/industry-welcom...ters-cfp-exit/

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    Ten Reasons Why Fishing should not be part of a Transitional Deal with the EU

    http://nffo.org.uk/news/ten-reasons-...th-the-eu.html

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    We’re reclaiming our waters! End of ‘BONKERS’ EU fishing laws in sight says Tory minister

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world...george-eustice

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    Lowestoft will be “logical hub” of fishing industry during post-Brexit “renaissance”

    http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/lowe...ence-1-5381685

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    SFF welcomes ministers’ stance on CFP exit

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    Scottish fishermen’s leaders have welcomed commitments by UK government ministers on leaving the Common Fisheries Policy in March 2019.

    ‘Becoming a coastal state on day one in order that we can negotiate the best deal could make a real economic difference to our coastal communities,’ said SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong.

    ‘So we welcome these acknowledgements from within the UK government of the logic and practical sense of the position that we have been arguing and fighting for.’

    Environment secretary Michael Gove and home secretary Amber Rudd both made explicit media comments this weekend in favour of an immediate UK departure from the CFP in March next year, providing a great opportunity for a better deal for fishing communities.

    In an interview with The Sunday Times, Michael Gove said the UK should leave the CFP in March 2019, and not at the end of any transition period, and approved of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation proposal of a nine-month bridge from March to December 2019 to fit in with international fisheries negotiations.

    ‘There is the realisation of the sea of opportunity that exists from exiting the CFP – but it can only work if we get out on day one. There is no other way,’ Bertie Armstrong said.

    Source: SFF

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    NEW EU PLOT Brussels seeking unprecedented powers to punish Britain during Brexit transition

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/551679...ing-eu-brexit/

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    BEST PLAICE IS OUT British fishermen set to have better non-EU trading deals post Brexit

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/553566...-after-brexit/

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    UK’s opposition to transitional deal

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    UK fishing organisations are adamant that the country’s fishing industry should not be tied into a transitional deal as the UK leaves the European Union. The federations have been unanimous that fishing is a special case that demands special terms that would release it from the CFP at the earliest opportunity.

    The fishing organisations are all of the opinion that being bound by a transitional deal would be a disastrous situation for UK fishing. The NFFO has spelled out a list of ten reasons why the UK fishing industry should be exempted.

    ‘Logically, fisheries jurisdiction, access rights and quota shares should be dealt separately with trade arrangements when the UK’s legal status on fisheries changes on 29th March 2019,’ NFFO chief executive Barrie Deas explained.

    ‘Norway for example, maintains access to the EU single market under specific agreed arrangements but it manages the fisheries within its own EEZ and enters into annual agreements on the management shared stocks and quota exchanges as an independent coastal state.’

    He warned that if the UK accepts that fishing should be part of a 21 month transitional period on the terms specified by the EU – status quo on access and quota shares –it will be because it has, as in 1973, decided that fishing is expendable and that other, trade issues take priority.

    The NFFO’s position is that once the principle that the status quo on quota shares and access has been conceded for a transitional deal, it is patently obvious that the EU will use the same tactics and leverage when the UK seeks to negotiate a long-term trade deal with the EU.

    ‘Fishing will again be a sacrificed pawn, irrespective of its legal status as an independent coastal state,’ he warned.

    ‘It is clear that at the point that the UK leaves the EU, UK ministers and UK officials will no longer be party to decisions within any of the European institutions, including those which set quotas and make other rules on EU fisheries. It is an extreme understatement to say that it would be completely prejudicial to the interests of the UK fishing industry to tie us into fisheries management decisions (as part of the aquis communautaire) in which the UK are mere rule-takers.’

    He points out that after the UK leaves the EU, the EU’s EEZ will amount to less than 20% of the North Sea and around 50% of Western Waters.

    ‘It stretches credibility to understand, in those circumstances, why the UK would subject itself to intrusive control or constraints on its ability to negotiate freely as an independent coastal state, either as part of a transitional period, or a longer-term trade deal,’ he added.

    ‘As an independent coastal state the UK would be expected to take its seat in international fisheries negotiations, including those with Norway, other coastal states and the EU. Even the European Commission recognises that separate, bespoke arrangements will be required to include the EU in the decisions when setting TACs in the annual year end negotiations,’ Barrie Deas said.

    ‘There is no legal, or fisheries management reason, why the UK should accept any precondition or artificial constraint on its right to negotiate the best deal that it can, including on access arrangements and quota shares.’

    The NFFO sets out that the clear alternative would be that from autumn 2019, the UK will negotiate with those countries with which it shares stocks, on an annual basis, as an independent coastal state, without any preconditions or artificial constraints.

    ‘We understand that the EU27 have just outlined their shopping list, insofar as a transitional period is concerned and that the negotiations have not yet begun,’ he said.

    ‘But it should be understood what they are asking for: despite the UK’s new status as an independent coastal state, it is the continuation of an asymmetrical and exploitative arrangement with the UK, which vast swathes of the UK population, as well as the fishing industry, consider to be grossly unfair and a distortion of a relationship which should bring reciprocal benefits.’

    ‘A transitional arrangement on trade arrangements is important to give time to businesses in the UK, and in the EU 27, time to adapt to the new realities that will emerge after the UK leaves the EU,’ he stated.

    ‘On fisheries management, however, it is possible to move smoothly and seamlessly into a pattern of annual (bilateral or trilateral) international agreements with the countries with which we share stocks, to replace the CFP’s decision-making processes. That is what should happen and the transitional arrangements should apply only to the trade regime.’

    ‘There is only one reason why the EU would resist that pragmatic solution and that is that the EU benefits from the current asymmetrical arrangements and seeks to find ways to keep them.’

    He said that the tenth point underscoring the NFFO’s position is that fisheries jurisdiction and negotiations were artificially and cynically bound into the CFP in 1973 to the UK’s systematic and lasting disadvantage.

    ‘Not unnaturally, the EU 27 would like to continue that exploitative relationship because it works heavily to their advantage,’ Barrie Deas said.

    ‘There is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to take a different and better path and there is a heavy responsibility on out government not to drop the ball at this crucial point in history.’

    Source: NFFO

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