BETTER FISHERIES MANAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY POST BREXIT SAYS NFFO
The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) have stated that while there is still much uncertainty about Brexit and the shape it will take, there is hope and aspiration that it will lead to a better fisheries management opportunity.
That’s the view of Barrie Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations.
Writing in the 2019 edition of the NFFO yearbook, Mr Deas says: “The UK’s status as an independent coastal state will provide a legal basis for a much more flexible and adaptable fisheries policy than the one we have been subject to for 40 years. For shared stocks, annual fisheries agreements between coastal states are also a proven vehicle for sustainable resource management and reasonably equitable quota shares.
“It also has the potential for enhancing the ability to adapt: to learn from our mistakes and go beyond them, rather than endlessly repeating them, will allow us to develop the EU landings obligation from a blunt, incoherent, top-down, mess, into a workable, pragmatic means to minimise unwanted catch.
“Already there are good ideas for shaping the discard legislation into something that fishermen can work with and be proud of, rather than the present half-digested heap of contradictions that we are presented with.
“That new legal base, and the ability to adapt that it will bring, will be the key to our future.”
Writing in the same book, NFFO chairman Andrew Pascoe says: “As we leave the EU there is undoubtedly an opportunity to address the distortions that came with the CFP in 1973 and our efforts are solidly focused on securing those changes to access arrangements and quota shares.”