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.
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In the run-up to Brexit, fishermen with static gear in non-UK waters are advised to recover it before 31 October. Leaving or retrieving gear in EU waters after Brexit will be a breach of the new licences issued to vessel owners. The right to transit through EU waters will remain, but gear must be lashed or stowed when doing so.
The MMO and Defra have updated their guidance on Export Health Certificates (EHCs) for UK vessels landing within the EU, in the case of a no-deal Brexit. EHCs will be required for any vessel landing frozen or processed fish directly into the EU, but are not required for most vessels landing fresh fish.
Defra arecalling for evidence as part of an independent review of Highly Protected Marine Areas in UK waters. Communities, industry and other marine stakeholders are asked for their views on stronger measures to safeguard marine ecosystems. Submissions will be accepted until early November.
Given that the prorogation of Parliament was deemed unlawful by the Supreme Court, the Fisheries Bill will resume its progress through the House of Commons, picking up at Report stage, at a date to be announced. Read our digest of the Bill on the APPG blog.
A round-up of the latest UK-relevant fishing news from a variety of sources.
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.
No-Deal Preparations: Energy and Environment The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee is examining the UK’s preparation for a no-deal Brexit, including consideration of potential impact on fishing rights. Oral evidence gathering has concluded and ministerial correspondence is ongoing.
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