Fishing industry

  1. Concern UK may use fishing rights in EU negotiations

    Claire Gilbody-Dickerson

    BBC News

    The Guernsey Fishermens' Association are concerned the UK may try to use the channel fishing rights as part of the Brexit negotiations with the EU.

    Guernsey currently has an agreement with France until the end of the year to allow certain fishing rights to French fishermen. The agreement aims to protect the existing agreement during the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

    Fish

    Chairman of the group Barry Paint told Radio Guernsey the speculations seems to have come out of nowhere.

    "I'm so surprised that everything has happened so quickly because that wasn't in the arrangements, and bear in mind that the English government gave us control of the 12-mile limit only this year.

    "So what's happening? I really don't know myself. But if this is true, and there is never smoke without fire, this isn't playing the game, this is just not playing the game."

  2. Jersey 'could pay tariffs to EU post-Brexit'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's fishermen could have to pay trade tariffs to deal with Europe as a result of Brexit, according to Jersey's environment minister.

    Deputy John Young was speaking after dismissing stories that control of Jersey's territorial waters wold be given to the EU to give the UK a better Brexit deal.

    He says the island is in constant talks with both sides - despite not being a part of Europe.

    Jersey fishermen often rely on the French market to sell their catch.

    Fish catch

    While the new system will not be as advantageous to the island as the current one, deputy Young says it will not give away Jersey's ability to govern its own waters.

    "Our fishing industry is really important, as it is to the French," he told Radio Jersey.

    "We want those arrangements to continue, we want a good, managed fishery and we need to have equal access to markets."

  3. States monitoring UK-EU negotiations on fishing access

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The States of Guernsey says it is monitoring the ongoing negotiations between the UK and EU about the access to fishing.

    The island made a temporary agreement with France, which is due to end on 31 December, aimed at mitigating the impact of the UK withdrawing from the London Fisheries Convention and ensure France maintains access during the transition period.

    Policy and Resources said any new agreement made by the UK and the EU will certainly include the Channel islands and will need to be considered by all three Bailiwick parliaments before it can be accepted and applied.

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    A statement from the Policy and Resources Committee, said the EU "has made it clear that fisheries access to British waters is a prerequisite for any new trading relationship after the end of the transition periods".

    "This naturally means that for the islands this will form part of the negotiation," the statement reads.

    It added the new relationship must be "proportionate, relevant and practical taking into account the island nature of the Bailiwick, its size and population and unique needs".

  4. Covid-19 has 'pretty tough' impact on South West fishing

    BBC Radio Devon

    Newlyn harbour

    Covid-19 is having a significant impact and been "pretty tough" on the fishing industry in the South West, producers have said.

    Normally across the ports of Newlyn (pictured) in Cornwall, and Plymouth and Brixham in Devon, more than £110m-worth of fish is landed every year. However, since the pandemic, the sector has been said to be brought to the brink of collapse.

    Jim Portus, from the South Western Fish Producers’ Association, said 2020 would be a "memorable year for all the wrong reasons".

    He added "awful storms" in January and February badly affected catches before the Covid-19 lockdown began in March.

    He also said crab sales from Devon fishing vessels and producers had been mostly sold to China in recent years, but that came to a "complete stop" when China went into lockdown.

    With lockdown itself, only certain vessels were allowed to keep operating, but they saw massive price falls, he added.

    Quote Message: The only vessels that carried on fishing were the beam trawlers, who were able to sell their product into places like Holland and Belgium - but at much lower prices than would normally have been expected. That's because everybody's restaurants were shut down; not just in the UK, but all over Europe and, indeed, the world. So it's been pretty tough for the fishing industry." from Jim Portus South Western Fish Producers’ Association
    Jim PortusSouth Western Fish Producers’ Association