UK Concludes 2021 Deal With EU on Fishing Catch

French fishing boats leave the Jersey waters following their protest in front of the port of Saint Helier off the British island of Jersey to draw attention to what they see as unfair restrictions on their ability to fish in UK waters after Brexit, on May 6, 2021.

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London says the agreement covers catch limits for 70 shared fish stocks worth about £330 million to the British fishing industry.

The UK has reached an agreement with the European Union on fish stocks for 2021, the British government announced[1] on Thursday.

“The UK fleet will have around 26,000 tonnes more quota for these stocks compared to quotas allocated in 2020. This increase is estimated to be worth around 27 million pounds,” Britain’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said in a statement. 

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A French fishing boat, one of several, takes part in a protest in front of the port of Saint Helier off the British island of Jersey to draw attention to what they see as unfair restrictions on their ability to fish in UK waters after Brexit, on May 6, 2021. –

Since withdrawing from the EU, Britain has been in talks with Brussels over post-Brexit fishing rights. 

There has also been a row with France[2] over fishing in Jersey’s territorial waters with Paris opposed to making any concessions to London, considering the UK’s unilateral restrictions against French fishermen forfeit under previously reached agreements.

References

  1. ^ announced (www.gov.uk)
  2. ^ row with France (sputniknews.com)