1. Two articles in the Times and the Independent have highlighted that French fishermen will bring their own style of direct action to ensure that they maintain access to UK waters for fishing in the event of a ‘no deal’ outcome.
2. While the BBC report the release of leaked Defra document highlighting the difficulty – “a lot of uncertainty” – we will have in monitoring and managing of foreign vessels in our waters.
3. Meanwhile the MMO are consulting on an effort swap proposal consultation open
The Marine Management Organisation has launched a consultation to better understand the potential economic and environmental impacts of a proposed international effort swap. The proposals are that British scallop fishermen receive an increase in the total time they can fish in FAO area VII from the Netherlands in exchange for demersal Western Waters effort for the Dutch fleet in the same area. The consultation is open.
4. And the Welsh Government are seeking views on their Marine and fisheries policies for Wales after Brexit Perhaps a bit late in the day.
Consultation description We are consulting on the first stage in creating a new policy, management regime, and legislation. We want your views on: fisheries management – sustainable fisheries – fishing opportunities- shellfish and aquaculture – trade – growth and innovation – fleet sustainability- evidence – funding support