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    UK market access has to mean fishing access

    http://fiskerforum.dk/en/news/b/uk-m...fishing-access

    The Danish Fishermen’s PO has stated that it is up to Britain how it handles its EU membership situation, but it is up to the Danish government to ensure that the interests of Danish fishermen are safeguarded in negotiating an agreement with the UK to ensure continued sustainable management of fisheries.

    ‘Danish fishing is in many ways closely linked to UK fishing, and therefore the future of Danish fishing very much depends on a future British agreement. That is why I’m making a clear call to Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen for fishing to take a central position in the Danish Government's priorities for the forthcoming negotiations in the EU,’ said Danish Fishermen's Association chairman Svend-Erik Andersen.

    The Danish fishing industry’s representatives have already made direct contact with both the Prime Minister and the Minister for Environment and Food with an unequivocal call to ensure Danish fisheries for the future.

    He stressed the fact that any agreement with the UK needs to be not only be about fishing access, but also trade agreements, with continued access for British fish to the single market of the EU, being subject to the EU's continued access to British waters.

    The demand is that if the UK wishes to sell its fish in the single market, then it must also allow access to its waters, he said, comparing the EU deals with Norway as a blueprint for a potential UK agreement.

    ‘We have for many years had negotiated fishing rights in Norwegian territory, even though they are not members of the EU. This has to also be possible when negotiating independently with the UK,’ Svend-Erik Andersen said.

    He also made the point that the basis for the EU fishing industry - the Common Fisheries Policy - remains unchanged by the UK referendum last week. For the moment, nothing changes and the situation of common stocks and shared waters remains in place.

    ‘There is absolutely no need to create any uncertainty about the terms of the Common Fisheries Policy. They are the same,’ said Svend-Erik Andersen. ‘Things are the same as they were before the referendum. That said, it is now essential that the EU and the Danish Government negotiate a good, long-term agreement with the British. It is imperative to ensure continued sustainable management of fisheries.’

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    Dutch fishermen send clear message

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    The results of the UK referendum should be sending a very clear signal to Brussels that fishermen find EU fisheries policy too bureaucratic, especially in regard to the Natura 2000 regulations, according to Johan Nooitgedagt of Dutch PO De Nederlandse Vissersbond.

    ‘Rules are needed for fishing, but the discard ban took things too far, along with the loss of good fishing grounds,’ he said, but added that the discard ban had its origins in the UK, with TV chefs leading the way for it.

    The UK referendum coincides almost precisely with the establishment in the Netherlands of the EMK group (Eendracht Maakt Kracht = Unity Makes Strength), a spontaneous movement focused on the problems of the discard ban and the loss of fishing grounds to MPAs and yet more windfarm areas that reduce available fishing grounds.

    ‘The lesson that the Netherlands needs to learn from the British referendum is that the voice of fishermen needs to be taken seriously. The links between policy and fishermen have been cut, and the British have demonstrated this. A great majority of British fishermen made their voices heard, although they may have yet to experience the consequences of this,’ he said.

    ‘The hangover from all this is huge. Where do we go from here? Fishermen should not be made to suffer by Brussels, and instead Brussels should be helping its fishing industry. Policy has to have some logic behind it,’ he said.

    Johan Nooitgedagt said that now that UK fishermen have clearly voted to leave EU membership, Dutch fishermen feel that this is an example worth following and there is a very clear dissatisfaction among them.

    ‘Fishermen finally have good quotas, but have lost much of their fishing grounds, which is unacceptable. Now fishermen want to visible action and De Nederlandse Vissersbond will support them with every legal way we can. I have been in touch with the movement’s leaders and have urged them that a realistic and achievable plan with structure and vision is crucial,’ he said.

    ‘Fishermen have already been pushed as far as they can be, and are demanding a secure future and no additional threats to their livelihoods. Campaigning does not present problems, but action that is sympathetic to the public requires careful management. We wish EMK every success and will provide support in any way we can,’ Johan Nooitgedagt said.

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    Scottish fishing industry 'wants out of EU'

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    The fishing industry wants out of the EU in the face of Scottish government efforts to keep the country in, ministers are being told.

    The Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) had taken a neutral stance before the 23 June referendum.

    Members have now met in the wake of the result, and said Brexit was the preferred option.

    The SFF is due to meet Fisheries Minister Fergus Ewing on Monday for talks about the way forward.
    'No brainer'

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said one of her priorities is to protect Scotland's place in the EU.

    SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said the two standpoints seem to be incompatible.

    He told BBC Scotland: "There is a gap between the two ambitions.

    "For the fishing industry it's a complete no brainer - we should be out the EU and out the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)."
    'Engage closely'

    A Scottish government spokesman said: "As the First Minister has stated, we are intent on pursuing all options to maintain Scotland's EU status.

    "The first minister also made it clear during questions in parliament yesterday that she is aware of the feelings of the fishing industry and others who did not vote to remain.

    "Although her priority continues to be the clear majority of people across Scotland who did vote to remain in the EU, she is keen for ministers to engage closely with the industry to listen to their concerns."

    He added: "We are committed to ensuring Scotland's interests are at the heart of any EU decisions taken on fishing and ministers are continuously engaging in discussions with key stakeholders, this includes meeting with the Scottish Fishermen's Federation again on Monday."
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    The UK voted to leave the EU. The vote north of the border was to remain.

    A flotilla of fishing boats sailed up the Thames to urge Parliament take back control of British waters last month.

    The Scottish government said before the result that EU membership was in the "best interests" of Scotland's fishing industry.

    In 2014, Scotland exported £449m of fish and seafood to Europe - 68% of the total value of Scottish food exports into that market.

    Worldwide, seafood exports are the second largest food and drink export behind whisky, and the industry supports thousands of jobs.

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    Fishing industry leaders in Brexit talks with government minister Ewing

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...tland-36705205

    Scotland's fishing industry leaders are meeting the Scottish government to discuss the future of the sector following the EU referendum.

    Many fishermen have claimed they are treated unfairly by the European Union and they welcomed the Brexit vote.

    However, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants to protect Scotland's place in the EU.

    The Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) is among groups meeting Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.

    Its chief executive, Bertie Armstrong, said the EU does not work for fishermen.
    Neutral stance

    Speaking to BBC Scotland ahead of the meeting, Mr Armstrong said there was now an opportunity to create a "much more appropriate relationship" with Europe.

    He said: "Let me describe what happens right now.

    "Fisheries management is decided by, on the one hand by a parliament of 750-odd MEPs, only 22 of which have the faintest idea what's going on in the fisheries committee of that.

    "The other half of that co-decision is the council of fisheries and agriculture ministries of 28 nations, only 14 of which fish.

    "It is a recipe for getting things wrong and that's exactly what happens.

    "We could make a much more appropriate relationship now."

    The SFF took a neutral stance on the UK's membership of the EU before the 23 June referendum.

    But after members met in the wake of the result, they said Brexit was the preferred option.

    The UK voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48%. The vote north of the border was to remain by 62% to 38%.

    The Scottish government said before the result that EU membership was in the "best interests" of Scotland's fishing industry.

    In 2014, Scotland exported £449m of fish and seafood to Europe - 68% of the total value of Scottish food exports into that market.

    Worldwide, seafood exports are the second largest food and drink export behind whisky, and the industry supports thousands of jobs.

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    SFF outlines Brexit opportunities to Rural Economy Secretary

    http://fiskerforum.dk/en/news/b/sff-...nomy-secretary

    The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) met Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing yesterday (4th July) in Glasgow where it underlined the positive impact leaving the EU would have on the way our fisheries are managed.

    ‘We outlined to the Minister the unanimous view of our membership of the real and positive opportunities that leaving the EU would bring to our fishing communities,’ said SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong.

    ‘In effect, much in the same way as how our oil and gas sector benefits from the UK’s territorial reach, it brings the opportunity of making Britain the controlling partner in the northern continental shelf where we would be able to exert a positive influence on the way that fisheries are managed, working with other nations in a partnership approach,’ he said.

    ‘The minister listened carefully to our points of view and we both acknowledged that there was a significant divergence in our approach to EU membership. However, there was also recognition from both parties of the need to maintain close dialogue and a good working relationship.’

    Source: SFF

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    It would be nice to see the fishing industry receive a boost from the result . If it did pick the industry back up again and return it to a viable way to start a business rather than just keep old ones soldering on perhaps some of us may even return to the industry . The tows and spots are all still in my head , unused and unwanted for so many years now .

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    Iceland ready to do post Brexit deal with UK

    http://www.fishupdate.com/iceland-re...-deal-with-uk/

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    Brexit will affect Danish fishing

    http://fiskerforum.dk/en/news/b/brex...danish-fishing

    There is no doubt that Danish fishermen will be affected by the UK exit from the EU, according to the Danish Pelagic PO.

    Esben Sverdrup-Jensen of the DPPO said that the situation is certainly a serious one – but at the moment nobody dares speculate too far, commenting that in both value and volume terms, approximately a third of Danish catches are taken in UK waters, and for the pelagic sector the figure is even higher.

    ‘It varies from year to year. But it’s at least 50% of Danish pelagic catches come from UK waters, and probably more than that in value terms,’ he said.

    He stressed that with the referendum in the UK having taken place only a few days ago, it is still early days and so far there are few answers.

    ‘Nobody knows what Brexit means yet. In an extreme worst-case scenario, it could mean all UK waters closed off to fishing vessels from other nations, which would mean the loss of much of the sandeel fishery. But I don’t think that’s likely and that is an extreme scenario which would also mean no trade agreements or UK access to markets in Europe.’

    ‘UK fishermen have been very vocal about their desire to leave the EU and I can understand their frustration, which we share. The agreement on mackerel is a prime example of the disappointing agreements that have been negotiated. Even though a large sector of the industry made it clear to the European Commission where we should be heading, we feel that the EU was weak in its agreement on mackerel. There is a great deal of frustration at how weak the EU has been in international negotiations and also at how weak the member states have been,’ he said.

    ‘We feel that our voices have not been heard and our interests have not been delivered on, and the decision to allow the Faroes access to catch mackerel in EU waters adds insult to injury. This is what fuels the frustration with the EU system of operating.’

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    Brexit 'could boot French fishermen out of British waters'

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    NFFO sets out Brexit policy

    http://fiskerforum.dk/en/news/b/nffo...-brexit-policy

    The UK’s withdrawal from the EU means that UK, from the date of exit, will take control of UK waters out to 200 miles (or the median line.) This will mean an opportunity to fundamentally change the way our fisheries are managed, the NFFO has stated following an executive committee meeting yesterday.

    According to the NFFO’s statement, quota arrangements and access to UK waters by non-UK vessels will, in the future, be determined by the UK authorities, rather than being imposed by a remote and inflexible bureaucracy and parliament in Brussels.

    ‘Brexit will provide an opportunity to address historic injustices in quota distribution and to control how many non-UK vessels fish in our waters, how and where they fish. We are certain that both the UK and the remaining EU countries will want to negotiate sensible bilateral arrangement that will allow fair access arrangement for our vessels fishing in EU waters; and EU vessels fishing in UK waters,’ an NFFO spokesman said, adding that; ‘the principle of equal access to UK waters will be dead.’

    ‘It is essential that as part of the exit agreement the UK negotiates access to EU markets. We also expect the UK to negotiate at least the same fishing opportunities in third country waters that our fleets enjoy today. We expect the UK to provide at least the same level of financial support for the fishing industry as has been channelled through European funds.’

    ‘We remain committed to the progressive elimination of discards from our fisheries; however any landing obligation that is applied to UK vessels fishing in UK waters must remove the threat of repeated ‘chokes’ that would prevent us from accessing our main economic quotas.’

    ‘The management of fisheries is far too complex and important to be left to government and that is why it essential that respected industry representatives are at the heart of the fisheries component of the Brexit negotiations,’ the NFFO states.

    ‘The NFFO has already begin work on detailed policy options for both domestic and external fisheries that reflect the opportunities and challenges presented by the new post CFP regime.’

    Source: NFFO

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