View: Outcome of UK talks with Norway: another body blow for fishers in the north east of England

27 November 2022

UK Fisheries CEO Jane Sandell said:

”This is yet another body blow for fishers in the north east of England. While the government is announcing its ‘success’ in the Norway talks,” we are having to make skilled people redundant in the Humber region. It’s an absolute travesty of fairness and common sense.

”The few extra tonnes of whitefish in the Norwegian zone won’t come close to offsetting the loss in Svalbard due to the reduced TAC. Defra knows this and yet they simply don’t seem to care about the English fleet. Right now, and not for the first time, the only people celebrating will be the Scottish pelagic barons.

”Defra claims to be looking after all sectors of the industry but it has repeatedly and deliberately discriminated against distant waters fishing, blaming this on the fact that UK Fisheries has foreign owners - even though we represent one of the few parts of the industry that is making significant investments in and broader contributions to the British economy. It’s as if they don’t understand, or want to understand, the importance of foreign investment or what we contribute to the British economy. So much for the post-Brexit 'sea of opportunity'."

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