Welcome to the 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.

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Parliament News

EU Bans Electric Pulse Fishing

The European Parliament has voted to outlaw electric pulse fishing in EU waters, despite opposition from Dutch federations who claim it is more sustainable than traditional trawling, citing reductions in bycatch, fuel use and contact with the seabed.
Scottish Seafood Exports Will Continue 'Without Disruption,' Say Ministers

David Duguid, MP for Banff and Buchan and APPG Vice Chair, says that ministers have assured him that Scottish seafood exports will continue undisrupted in the case of a no-deal Brexit.
EU Workers Vital for Seafood Sector, says Scottish Fisheries Minister

Fergus Ewing MSP says that the sector's 4,500 EU citizens are vital to Scotland's success and sustainability, and has called for retained freedom of movement and access following Brexit.
NFFO Calls to Delay Compulsory e-Catch Reporting

The NFFO says that discussions with small-scale fisheries are needed before the introduction of compulsory e-catch reporting for English and Welsh vessels. They say that a 'blanket approach' may be unsuitable given the varying traits of these fisheries.
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 here.


The Parliamentary Committees of the United Kingdom are sub-legislative organisations each consisting of a 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.

Unexpected TAC Reduction for North Sea Saithe
The 23% cut, introduced to remedy a 'coding error' by ICES, may lead to saithe becoming a choke species for some vessels and POs.

Irish Fisheries Minister Welcomes EU's Brexit Contingency Plan
The EU Commissions's plan for a no-deal Brexit has been approved by Michael Creed, who welcomes its aims to mitigate an influx of EU fishing into Irish waters.

UK to Begin Exporting Live Langoustines to China
The UK is set to become one of only two nations permitted to export live Dublin Bay prawns to China, in an agreement announced by Liam Fox.

European Commission to Release New Interactive Web Mapping App
The 'European Atlas of the Seas' is designed to be a rich catalogue of information on all aspects of the marine environment and people's impact upon it.

Report Finds 36% Increase in Fish in EU Waters in Sixteen Years
The EU Commission says that sustainable management and lower fishing pressure have helped stocks recover, especially in the north-east Atlantic.

Steering Group Announced for Young Seafood Leaders' Network
Set up by Seafish, the group connects young seafood professionals from across the UK aiming to build innovation and support networking and career development.

UK's Biggest Trawler Sails Up Thames To Highlight No-Deal Threats to Fishing
The Hull-based Kirkella's owners have warned that a no-deal Brexit may result in UK vessels losing access to non-EU nations' waters.

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership 'Halfway' Towards 2020 Targets
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership says global a collaboration between industry, NGOs, governments and other stakeholders has confidence that it will meet its targets.

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 on plastics recycling and plastic's impact on the marine environment

Question regarding Scottish live seafood export certification after Brexit

Question regarding ferry space for Scottish seafood exports after Brexit

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