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UK Fisheries slams Government for failing to reach fisheries deals. UK Fisheries, the owner of the Hull based distant water trawler, Kirkella, has criticised the UK Government for failing to reach fisheries deal with key coastal states.

A statement said:

“Since Brexit, the UK has failed to deliver a single access agreement with our coastal neighbours. The Government’s Scorecard is getting worse. Kirkella is tied up, and our crews have no work. The UK must make these deals if we are to save distant-waters fishing in the north-east of England.

“Right now we have no access agreements with our coastal neighbours, Norway, Greenland, Iceland and the Faroes, yet we’re offering trading partners like Norway tariff-free access to our valuable market for fisheries products, and getting nothing in return – and it is our crews and our industry that are suffering. See our Government Scorecard here.UK FISHERIES SLAMS GOVERNMENT

“It doesn’t have to be like this. We’re not asking the government for cash, just clear direction from policymakers to our negotiators that they must make these deals and be ready to impose tariffs for on fisheries products if we don’t get fisheries access.  If they don’t, we will lose this vital, centuries-old industry forever, along with opportunities for massive inward investment that could mean a brilliant future for our industry in the North-East of England.”

Some key facts about northern Atlantic fishing

The north Atlantic, and in particular the waters referred to as the EU’s Northern External Waters, has a plentiful stock of cod and haddock supplying the UK’s fish & chip shops.

  1. The UK imports most of the fish it eats and exports most of what it catches;
  2. Cod and haddock are UK consumers’ favourite fish;
  3. These fish are found in large quantities in the ‘Northern External Waters’, a term used by the European Union to describe the waters to the north of  EU waters;
  4. To provide British fish for our fish & chip shops, the Kirkella needs access to quotas from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Norway;
  5. If these quotas are unavailable, the UK will have to import even more of its cod and haddock from Norway and elsewhere.

Photo credit: UK Fisheries