Welcome to the first APPG on Fisheries stakeholder newsletter. Through regular updates, we'll aim to keep you informed of policy developments, Parliamentary announcements and sector headlines. We'll also provide round-ups of current Committee inquiries and fisheries-focused monitoring of the Parliamentary record, Hansard. Scroll to the bottom for event news and sign-ups.

Parliament News

New Fisheries Minister Appointed

Robert Goodwill MP has succeeded George Eustice MP as a Minister of State for Defra. We are looking forwards to engaging with him and keeping him informed of our wide-ranging discussions on the key issues affecting UK fisheries now and in the future.
Debate on Fishing and Brexit

Melanie Onn, MP for Great Grimsby and Co-Chair of the APPG on Fisheries, yesterday moved a debate in Westminster Hall concerning fishing and the UK leaving the EU. Topics covered included the new tariffs, export markets and employment. All the MPs that sit on the APPG contributed to the debate. Watch the video recording via the title link or read the Hansard transcript here.
Lords Release Landing Obligation Report

The House of Lords' European Committee has released its report on the Landing Obligation. The committee investigated the extent of enforcement in the new laws, whether environmental concerns had been addressed, and uptake of selective fishing practices.
Defra Consultation on Catch Recording

Defra have launched a consultation to gather views on potential business impacts linked to the introduction of catch recording for all English and Welsh licensed fishing boats under 10 metres in length. If this could affect you, contributions are invited.
Research Briefing on Fisheries and Brexit

Following Brexit, the UK will no longer be part of the EU Common Fisheries Policy. Parliament have released a briefing detailing the potential scenarios for the future of UK fishing. Important reading for anybody in the fisheries industry.
Track the Fisheries Bill

The Fisheries Bill is over halfway through the House of Commons, and is currently awaiting the Report Stage, where proposed amendments can be made and further amendments considered. You can track its progress using the link.


The Parliamentary Committees of the United Kingdom are sub-legislative organizations each consisting of small number of MPs and/or Peers appointed to deal with particular areas or issues. There are several active or recently concluded committee inquiries and reports with relevance to the fisheries industry.
Scrutiny of the Fisheries Bill Inquiry
The Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee launched a short inquiry on the proposed scope, provisions and powers in the Fisheries Bill. Their report is available and is awaiting government response.

Sustainable Seas Inquiry
The Environmental Audit Committee launched an inquiry examining how to protect marine life and how the Government can create a more sustainable blue economy. Their report is available and is awaiting government response.

Fisheries Bill Hearing
The Scottish Affairs Committee launched a one-off evidence session on the proposed scope, provisions and powers in the Fisheries Bill on the 9th January 2019. The evidence they gathered is available online.

Fisheries Inquiry
Last year, the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee launched an inquiry into the implications of Brexit for the fishing industry in Northern Ireland. Their report and the government response have been published.

The Work of Defra Inquiry
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee held a one-off oral evidence session on the work of Defra with the Secretary of State, Michael Gove MP. The evidence session is available in written or video form.

Is Defra Ready for Brexit? Inquiry
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee held a one-off evidence session with the Secretary of State examining Defra’s staffing, legislative programme and efforts to replace or negotiate access to EU systems after Brexit.

Fisheries News

A round-up of the latest UK-relevant fishing news from a variety of sources.

Fishermen Urged to Register with IMO in Preparation for Brexit
The government has released advice on preparing for the introduction of International Maritime Organization (IMO) numbers as part of contingency planning.

Government Publishes Advice for Fish Exporting Industry
The government has released guidance to prepare for rules and processes for exporting and importing wild-caught marine fish if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Study Suggests Majority of NE Atlantic Fish Stocks are Recovering
Two German researchers have concluded that improved fisheries management has led to the recovery of many commercially important fish stocks.

Paper Released on the Future of Scotland's Fisheries
The Marine Scotland Directorate has released a national discussion paper concerning the future of fisheries management in Scotland.

Fishing Industry has Highest Profile in Years, says NFFO Chief Executive
"At the moment the government’s aspirations are very closely aligned to those of the fishing industry," says Barrie Deas.

Irish Fisheries Minister says No-Deal Brexit Threatens Irish Fishing
"A no-deal Brexit poses serious challenges for the Irish Fishing industry and a co-ordinated EU response will be required," says Michael Creed.

Local Authority Export Charges may Jeopardise Scottish Seafood Industry
Potential huge rises in the costs of export health certificates for seafood products is likely to put jobs in the sector at risk.

New Film Reveals Value of Welsh Fishermen
Commissioned by the Welsh Seafood Cluster programme, the film presents a candid account of the fishermen's contribution to the Welsh economy and way of life.

Hansard Monitoring

Hansard is the official record of debates, votes and ministerial statements in Parliament. Our newsletters will gather together any debates or questions concerning fisheries that have recently taken place.

Debate over the effects of Brexit on the fisheries sector, in particular exports

Question concerning future financial support for the UK fisheries sector

Question concerning employment of crew members from outside the EEA

Question concerning quota reallocation after Brexit

Question concerning Defra's support for British fishermen

Question concerning shellfish exports in different Brexit scenarios

Debate on funding post-Brexit, including a replacement for the EMFF

Question concerning communication with the Channel Islands fishing industry

Question concerning fishing exports following the transition period

Question concerning the removal of existing quotas post-Brexit

Question concerning banning electro-pulse beam fishing

Lords motion on amendments to domestic fisheries legislation

Question concerning the future of UK-EU fisheries agreements

Debate on the Scottish fisheries industry post-Brexit, in particular exports

Economic growth in the south-west, with reference to the fisheries industry

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