This is an important first step. The European Commission said on Wednesday that the European Union and the United Kingdom reached an agreement in principle on Wednesday in the fish stocks jointly managed by their fishing vessels for 2021. The deal was finalized in a phone call between Fisheries Commissioner Virginis Sinquevicius and the UK’s Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustis. “This agreement ensures predictability and consistency for our fleet with a final TAC (total allowable catch) for the rest of the year,” the commissioner said in a statement.
“This proves that two partners on both sides of the channel can find agreement and move forward if they work together,” he said. The agreement guarantees the fishing rights of EU and UK fleets in EU and UK waters until the end of 2021. It sets the total allowable catch (TAC) for 2021 for 75 shared fish stocks as well as some deep sea stocks for 2021. and 2022, the European Commission said. It also clarifies the access limits for species outside the quota.
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source of stress
The agreement is expected to be signed in the coming days. It will also allow both the parties to do quota trading. The hardest part of negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and UK was fishing. The catch of EU fishermen in UK waters weighs around 650 million euros each year. The compromise found is a source of tension. The European fleet had to release 25% of its catches in British waters after a transition period lasting until June 2026. This approach will be renegotiated annually.
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European fishermen believe it will block visibility and block investment. The need to be licensed fuels dissatisfaction. So to obtain their licence, French ships must prove that they were already fishing in the area in the 2012–2016 reference period, which can be complicated for small boats, not necessarily recording systems. And be equipped with geolocation.