Welcome to the third 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

MP Claims Home Office is Ignoring Scottish Fishing's Needs

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland and Vice Chair of the APPG, has said that immigration ministers have ignored the Scottish fishing industry’s need for non-EEA citizens to work in the industry.
Gove Grilled by Lords on Future of Defra

The House of Lords’ EU Energy and Environment Committee quizzed Environment Minister Michael Gove on his plans for Defra in the event of a no-deal Brexit, including on fishing quotas and access to waters.
UK Fishing Fleet Economics 'Business as Usual' for 2018

Seafish has released its latest economic estimates for the UK fishing fleet in 2018, suggesting the year was ‘business as usual’. Rising fuel costs and lower landings were mostly counteracted by increasing prices per tonne of catch.
Fishing Representatives in Westminster to Lobby Ministers

Fishermen’s leaders, including from the NFFO and SFF, gathered on Westminster to advise ministers against extending Brexit, citing their concerns over remaining in the EU's 'unfair' Common Fisheries Policy.
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.
Sustainable Development Goals Inquiry (Open)
The Environmental Audit Committee will hold a one-off evidence session concerning the UK's Voluntary National Review of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 14 concerns our marine environment. They invite written evidence.

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.

EU Landing Obligation Inquiry
The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee's inquiry concluded that the UK is 'unprepared for new fisheries conservation rules'. Their report is available and is awaiting government response.

Fisheries News

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

MP Calls For Seasonal Migrant Worker Scheme to Cover Fisheries
Angus MacNeil MP, Vice-Chair of the APPG, has advocated that the Seasonal Workers Pilot scheme be extended from agriculture to fisheries.

Scottish Fishermen's Leader Warns Against Relaxing Sustainability Protocols
Chief of SWFPA Mike Park warns that post-Brexit opportunity must not allow sustainable stocks to be put in jeopardy.

New Phone App Could Help Prevent Bycatch
DiscardLess has developed an app that highlights discard 'hotspots', helping fishers avoid areas rich in juveniles or choke species.

Irish Fishing Access Conflict Resolved
The dispute between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland concerning access to waters has been resolved with the restoration of their 'gentleman's agreement'.

Innovative Gear Selectivity Tool Prepares for Expansion
GearingUp, an online tool that advises upon selective gear choices, is planning to include areas beyond the North Atlantic and include a wider variety of gear types.

Advice Released on Changes to Food Labeling Following Brexit
The UK government has released advice detailing potential changes in requirements for labels on food exports, including seafood, following the UK's exit from the EU.

North Atlantic Mackerel Fisheries Hope to Regain MSC Certification
New ICES assessment data suggests that Northeast Atlantic mackerel stocks may be in better shape than previously thought.

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.

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