Saturday, 25 January 2020

APPG on Fisheries Newsletter

Welcome to the APPG on Fisheries newsletter. Through regular updates, we aim to keep you informed of policy developments, Parliamentary announcements and sector headlines. We also provide round-ups of current Committee inquiries and fisheries-focused monitoring of the Parliamentary record, Hansard.
Use the links below to rapidly navigate around the newsletter.

Parliament News | Fisheries News | Hansard Monitoring

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Parliament News

APPG Meets with Norwegian Parliamentarians

Many APPG Members and recently engaged Parliamentarians gathered on Monday in Westminster Hall's Grand Committee Room to meet Norway's visiting Standing Committee on Business and Industry Affairs, who lent a unique insight into fishing policy as an independent coastal state.
Public Consultation on Marine Planning Opens

Last week, the Marine Management Organisation launched a public consultation on marine planning in England. The consultation will remain open until 6 April, and you are encouraged to share your thoughts on the draft marine plans.
Lords Debate on Landing Obligation

Yesterday, the House of Lords chamber debated two reports on the efficacy of the Landing Obligation, published by the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee last year. You can watch the debate on the website.
Track the Progress of the Fisheries Bill

It is likely that the recent introduction of a new government will mean that the Fisheries Bill will undergo significant changes before exiting Parliament. Look out for the APPG reporting on any changes in due course. Read our digest of the current Bill on the APPG blog.

Fisheries News

A round-up of the latest UK-relevant fishing news from a variety of sources.
International Marine Climate Change Centre Launched by Cefas
The new centre aims to foster scientific collaboration in order to further understanding of climate change’s impacts on marine and coastal environments.

Concerns over Potential Brexit Trade-Off of Fishing Rights For Market Access
It has been postulated that negotiations could involve allow EU vessels to access UK waters, in return for the UK's access to the EU’s financial markets.

New Array of Awards to Celebrate Country's Top Fishmongers
The Master Fishmonger Standard is releasing a new suite of awards to recognise commitments to sustainability and engagement with fishing communities.

UK Government Calls for International Engagement on Marine Protection
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow has called for governments around the world to support the 30by30 initiative, which aims to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030.

Effective Fisheries Management is Working, According to Global Analysis
A new study suggests that nearly half of fish stocks worldwide are scientifically monitored, and that on average these stocks are increasing in abundance.

New Protections for England's Rare and Vulnerable Seabirds
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow announced the legislation, which will involve regulators working with local fishing communities to manage protected areas.

Hansard Monitoring

Hansard is the official record of debates, votes and ministerial statements in Parliament. Our newsletters gather together any debates or questions concerning fisheries that have recently taken place.

Debate on direct payments to farmers, including reference to the Fisheries Bill

Debate on growth strategy, including mention of growth in the fisheries sector

Question on support for businesses in Scotland, including fishing trade bodies

Debate on the Lowestoft tidal flood barrier, including impact on the fishing industry

Debate on post-Brexit tariffs for Northern Ireland, including mention of fishing

Question on measures to increase salmon stocks in England

Ministerial statement on the December Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Debate on potential trade-offs in Brexit negotiations, including fishing rights

Debate on a green industrial revolution, including the East Anglian fishing industry

Debate on the EU Withdrawal Agreement, including potential concessions on fishing

Question on the Landing Obligation for under-10m vessels

Question on insufficient catch data for under-10m vessels

Debate on the EU Withdrawal Agreement, including the Common Fisheries Policy

Question on the European Court of Justice, including fishing laws

Question on fishing and marine policy after Brexit

Question on promotion of the under-10m fleet after Brexit

Debate on separation issues, including fishing trade for Northern Ireland

Question on employment of foreign crews in the Scottish fishing sector

Question on support for the Scottish fishing industry
For more information, contact the APPG on Fisheries Secretariat

Katrina Ryan, Sara Mynott and Jacob Ashton