ENGLISH AUTHORITY STEPS UP BREXIT FISHERY PATROLS
English authority steps up Brexit fishery patrols. Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (D&S IFCA) in south-west England have recently been supporting the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) with their EU Exit preparations by conducting joint patrols that have extended outside the D&S IFCA boundaries out to the 12 Nautical Mile limit.
The most recent patrol included the boarding and inspection of a foreign fishing vessel which resulted in an offence being detected.
D&S IFCA say the purpose of these patrols is to explore and test their platform, abilities, and run various scenarios that may be experienced by any potential legislative changes or changes to access rights to EU member states post EU Exit, along with displaying an increased presence to reassure UK vessels of their ability to continue ensure compliance of all management measures.
These patrols are likely to continue for the coming months as the UK Parliament finalises the process.