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.
Registration is open for our Careers on Land and at Sea event in Parliament on 12 June. Further details are at the end of this newsletter.
A new technical conservation regulation, aiming to reduce capture of juvenile fish and minimise environmental harm, is due to be introduced this summer. The new measures are mainly to enable fishermen to work more flexibly, but may require changing to more selective gear in some instances.
The most significant expansion of England’s ‘Blue Belt’ to date is designed to safeguard 12,000 square km of marine habitat, bringing the UK's total number of Marine Protected Areas to 355. The legislation follows extensive consultations with fishermen and conservation experts.
The Marine Management Organisation is seeking applicants for the North Sea Fully Documented Fisheries Scheme, designed to encourage more selective fishing behaviour using Remote Electronic Monitoring. Applications are also open for a new venture: the North East Nephrops Net Selectivity Scheme.
The APPG Secretariat have released a new blog post shedding light on the UK's proposed Fisheries Bill, which is set to replace the EU's Common Fisheries Policy following our 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.
A round-up of the latest UK-relevant fishing news from a variety of sources.
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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