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

A Successful First Public Meeting for the APPG

The APPG held its first public meeting last Tuesday, attended by Parliamentarians and people from across the fisheries industry. Presentations and discussions addressed recruitment into the catch sector. A report on outcomes will be available later this month.
NGOs and Industry Call For 'Paris Agreement for the Oceans'

NGOs, industry professionals and experts have published a report urging governments to join a coalition for the oceans. The report concludes that sustainable sourcing is likely to be the most effective way to combat the global ocean crisis. Read the report here.
NFFO to Hold AGM at Fishmongers' Hall

The National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations will hold its AGM on 22 May at 10am, within Fishmongers' Hall in London. Fisheries Minister Robert Goodwill will address the industry. All members are invited to attend and join discussions.
Fast Track Export Deal for Scotland and France

Scottish seafood businesses have coordinated a ‘fast track’ system for exports with French officials in Boulogne Sur Mer. This should act as insurance against potential trade delays following Brexit, especially in the case of a no-deal scenario.
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.


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 (Open)
The Environmental Audit Committee will soon 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.

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.' 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.

Share Fishermen Protected Under UK Legislation
Human Rights at Sea has helped clarify the legal status of UK share fishermen, ensuring that they have the same welfare standards as employed fishermen.

SWFPA Receives Landmark Group Certification for Responsible Fishing
The Responsible Fishing Scheme has, for the first time, granted certification to a group of vessels in recognition of their commitment to best practice in fishing.

Denmark's Fishing Fleet Raises Concerns about Viability after Brexit
Britain's exit from the EU and the effects of climate change on fish migration have both been flagged by Danish vessels as threats to their businesses.

Peterhead Becomes First Port to Receive New Seafood Certification
The new Responsible Fishing Ports Scheme, designed to recognise responsible food safety and good operational practices, has certified Peterhead.

Advice on International Trade Scenarios Following Brexit
Moneycorp has released advice explaining the impacts of uncertainty in the strength of the pound, particularly on trading seafood abroad.

NGOs Call for an End to Fisheries Subsidies
59 NGOs have written to the World Trade Organisation calling on their members to push forward on eliminating damaging fisheries subsidies this year.

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.
Question regarding bycatch of harbour porpoise in gillnets

Question regarding reducing harmful fishing practices, especially discarded gear

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