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 Launches Fishing Consultation

The EU Commission has launched its annual public consultation into fishing opportunities for next year. 2020 marks the CFP's deadline for bringing EU fisheries into line with Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY). Many EU-fished Atlantic stocks are now sustainable, but the Mediterranean and Black Sea are still fished unsustainably.
Under 10m Catch Recording Imminent

The MMO and Welsh Government are due to stage a phased introduction of catch recording for English and Welsh vessels under 10m from next month. A recent consultation resulted in changes to original plans, following advice aiming to streamline the process and reduce the logistical burden on fishermen.
UK to Review Greater Marine Protection

Defra have reported on the launch of Environment Secretary Michael Gove's review of whether Highly Protected Marine Areas, the strongest form of marine protection, could be introduced in UK waters. The review will incorporate the views of fishermen, conservation groups, marine industries and local communities.

Fisheries Bill Digest and Tracker

The APPG Secretariat's blog post sheds light on the UK's proposed Fisheries Bill, which is set to replace the EU's Common Fisheries Policy following the UK's departure from the EU. The Bill is over halfway through the House of Commons, and is currently awaiting the Report Stage. Track its progress here.


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.
Sustainable Development Goals Inquiry
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 their report and it is now awaiting debate.

Fisheries News

A round-up of the latest UK-relevant fishing news from a variety of sources.
Outcomes of First Public APPG Meeting of 2019 Released in Policy Brief
The issues raised and solutions proposed by the diverse range of attendees present at the APPG's 'Recruitment into Fishing Careers' event have been published.

MMO Announces Pause to Introduction of Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems
The rollout of IVMS for England's under 12m fleet has been pushed back, with a fresh timetable set to be released later this year.

Fisheries Minister Urged to Introduce Better Regulation for Shellfish Stocks
Shellfish sector representatives at the NFFO's AGM warned Robert Goodwill MP that strong demand and high prices have driven an unsustainable increase in catch.

Seafish Release Recruitment Guide for Businesses
Seafish's multimedia guide aims to help seafood businesses attract young people into the sector, by addressing misconceptions and perceived barriers.

Uninhabited Islet Causes Territorial Fishing Dispute Between Scotland and Ireland
Irish vessels fishing within the disputed 12-mile exclusion zone of the islet of Rockall has led to access and sovereignty disagreements between the two nations.

Brixham Fish Market Turns Cloud-Based in World First
Buying and selling took place 'in the cloud' using the new KOSMOS system. Merchants can use their smartphones, tablets or laptops to trade efficiently.

Planned Reintroduction of EU Fisheries Subsidies Receives Criticism from WWF
The environmental NGO says that the subsidies would promote increase in fishing capacity beyond sustainable limits, and calls for amendments to the plans.

Heathrow Becomes World's First Sustainable Fish Airport
Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, crowned Heathrow with the title following the airport-wide initiative to remove 'red-rated' fish completely by 2020.

Businesses Encouraged to Participate in Seafood Week 2019
The week-long consumer campaign, organised by Seafish, offers an opportunity for the seafood industry to promote their produce across the country.

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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