George Eustice, the Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has today welcomed the new Fisheries Bill becoming law. This is the first major domestic fisheries legislation to be passed in nearly 40 years.
The Fisheries Act will enable the UK to control who fishes in our waters through a new foreign vessel licencing regime and ends the current automatic rights for EU vessels to fish in UK waters. Underpinning everything in the Act is a commitment to sustainability, ensuring healthy seas for future generations of fishermen. The UK Government and Devolved Administrations will now develop new fisheries management plans for managing fisheries to benefit the fishing industry and the marine environment.
Healthy fish stocks, with the prospect of further fishing opportunities delivered through international negotiations, will help drive economic growth for coastal communities around the country by making sure the industry can continue to thrive for years to come.
George commented, “This is a huge moment for the UK fishing industry. This is the first domestic fisheries legislation in nearly 40 years, and we will now take back control of our waters.
“The Fisheries Act makes clear our intention to continue to operate on the world stage as a leading, responsible, independent coastal State. We will protect our precious marine environment, whilst ensuring a fairer share of fishing opportunities for UK fishermen.
“By swiftly responding to the latest scientific advice and needs of our fishing industries we will secure a thriving future for our coastal communities as we build back greener from the Coronavirus pandemic.”
George has written more about the future of our fishing communities, read more here: https://georgeeustice.blogspot.com/2020/10/an-historic-moment-for-our-f…