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UK Fisheries Bill enters the House of Commons for scrutiny by Som Mehmet July 06,2020   |  Source: New Food

The Fisheries Bill, the first major fisheries legislation in almost 40 years in the United Kingdom, has passed the House of Lords.

The legislation, which creates the powers for the UK to operate as an independent coastal state and manage its fish stocks sustainably outside the EU, has been introduced to the House of Commons for its First Reading.

The Bill ends current automatic rights for EU vessels to fish in British waters. If access to UK waters for foreign vessels is negotiated, the Bill will also enable the Fisheries Administrations to ensure that foreign vessels follow the same rules as UK vessels.

The legislation is designed to ensure that fish stocks, and the marine environment, are better protected for future generations with new powers to set UK fishing opportunities and days at sea, new measures for the Devolved Administrations, as well as a single set of UK-wide fisheries objectives.

Fisheries Minister, Victoria Prentis, said: “I am encouraged to see the progress of the Fisheries Bill through Parliament. This Bill offers us the opportunity to set a gold standard for sustainable fisheries and gives us the powers to protect our precious fish stocks while enabling our seafood sector to thrive.

“Now that we have left the EU, we have the opportunity to

 

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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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