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Kirkella super trawler unable to fish since Brexit January 13,2021   |  Source: BBC News

An MP has called on the Prime Minister to secure fishing rights for a UK super trawler which has been unable to operate since December.

The Kirkella freezer trawler, based in Hull, catches cod and haddock in sub-Arctic waters, but Brexit has left it without a fishing agreement.

Labour MP for Hull East Karl Turner said the delay in a deal was the "last nail in the coffin" for the industry.

The government said negotiations would conclude "as soon as possible".

The 81m (266ft) vessel, which has been moored in Hull since December, catches up to 2.3m fish in each week-long trip, in waters off the coasts of Norway, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Its owners, UK Fisheries, said Kirkella supplied between 8-12% of all fish sold in UK fish and chip shops and warned of an increased reliance on imports from Norway or Iceland without a distant waters agreement.

In the letter, Mr Turner said: "The Kirkella and its crew have no licences or quotas to fish anywhere - and have no guidance as to when, if, or to what extent that might change,".

Jane Sandell, UK Fisheries chief executive officer, said: "Previously, fishing opportunities with countries like Norway have been negotiated through the EU, but the UK now has to negotiate in its own right.

"Because the Brexit deal

 

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Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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