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Brexit: failure to secure UK-Norway fishing deal a ‘disaster’ for sector by Lisa O'Carroll May 03,2021   |  Source: The Guardian

The failure of the UK government to seal a fishing quota deal with Norway – despite heralding a “historic” Brexit agreement with the country last year – is a disaster that will have serious consequences, say fishery leaders. “This is actually a loss of real fishing opportunities,” said Barrie Deas, the chief executive of the National Federation of Fisherman’s Organisations, “and in that sense we’ve gone backwards”. The North Atlantic is key to UK fishing interests because it provides a large stock of cod and haddock for the nation’s fish and chip shops.

Andrew Crook, the president of the National Federation of Fish Friers, warned that it could increase the price of fish and chips. Peter Bruce, who skippers the Peter head-registered white-fish trawler Budding Rose, told the Press and Journal that the failure to reach an agreement on the UK and Norway’s shared fisheries for 2021 was a “disaster” and would cause “major problems”. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) insisted it had always been clear that it would agree to deals only “if they are balanced and in the interests of the UK fishing industry”.

The UK Fisheries chief executive, Jane Sandell, said: “George Eustice [the environment secretary] owes our

Theme(s): Others, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Landing Centres, Fisheries Resources, Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Communities and Organisations, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Freshwater ecosystems and threats.

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