EU and Britain agree to fishing restrictions
It is one of the most fiercely competitive issues in the EU-England Brexit negotiations: the two sides have reached a tentative agreement on catch restrictions for shared fish stocks. He said the positive outcome of the talks, which began in January, would lay a solid foundation for further cooperation in the fisheries sector. European Commission With Wednesday evening.
The agreement sets the total allowable catches for 75 stocks held jointly for 2021 and some deep-sea stocks for 2021 and 2022. It will also clarify access restrictions for non-reserved organisms.
EU official Virginius Cincinnati said the deal would create forecast and continuity throughout the year. This is good for fishermen, coastal communities and ports, but also for the sustainable use of marine resources.
Conflict between British and French fishermen
Fishing is hotly debated: the waters around the British Isles are one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. Brexiters blamed the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Since the 1970s it has regulated the catches which have allowed member navies to catch and access fishing trawlers from other EU countries within 200 miles of the UK coast.
The Brexit camp argued that very few fish were caught by British vessels. The EU had in mind the interests of villages and towns in structurally weak areas along the North Sea coast – in particular. France.
Incidents between French and British fishermen on the English Channel have clarified the warm atmosphere.
The negotiations, which are now complete, were concluded after Brexit at the end of 2020 on the basis of a trade and cooperation agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom.
In it, the contracting parties set themselves the common objective of “using the quota to manage common stocks”, with the aim of protecting stocks of fish species and reducing them progressively. The highest stable efficiency can be achieved. “
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