Welcome to the APPG on Fisheries stakeholder newsletter. Through regular updates, we aim to keep you informed of policy developments, Parliamentary announcements and sector headlines. We also provide round-ups of current Committee inquiries and fisheries-focused monitoring of the Parliamentary record, Hansard.
A diverse seven-person panel has been announced to review whether Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) could be added to the UK’s marine protected area network. Social and economic impacts of HPMAs will be considered. Extensive stakeholder consultation will help determine HPMA criteria and pilot sites.
Defining low-impact fisheries could aid their management, given how often they are mentioned in the Fisheries White Paper and the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. The New Economic Foundation suggests some criteria for how to distinguish low impact fishing from high impact activity.
A conference exploring the future management of UK inshore fisheries will be held in London this October. The event aims to gather inshore fisheries stakeholders to discuss how to best manage inshore fisheries. Fishermen from across the UK can apply for Seafish funding to attend.
A Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consultation remains open until 30 August 2019, seeking submissions to guide the future of additional fishing quota allocation, post-Brexit. Data submissions and personal narratives of different management systems are being sought.
UK Parliamentary Committees consist of a small number of MPs and/or Peers appointed to deal with particular issues. There are several Committee inquiries and reports relevant to the fisheries industry.
The Environmental Audit Committee held 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.
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 has received 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.' The government has responded to that report and the Sub-Committee's follow up report was published on 16 July 2019.
No Deal Preparations: Energy and Environment
The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee is examining the UK’s preparation for a no deal Brexit. The investigation is ongoing and includes consideration of how a no deal Brexit will impact fishing rights in both the UK and EU waters.
A round-up of the latest UK-relevant fishing news from a variety of sources.
Summer Herring Season Underway in Scotland
Most of the first catch will be exported to The Netherlands to make the Dutch speciality: maatjes herring. With awareness of locally sourced food ‘higher than ever,’ we might see more catch stay in the UK.
A Boost to Scotland's Marine Economy
£4.2 million from the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund, plus an additional £1.4 million from the Scottish Government will create jobs and contribute to improving export opportunities and seafood processing facilities in Scotland.
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