Sunday, 26 June 2022

June 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 and Government News | Fisheries News | Hansard Monitoring
We are pleased to announce our second event of 2022, on ways to better connect the seafood sector with food policy and the wider food supply chain in the UK. In a first for the APPG, this event taking place on Tuesday 14 July will be hybrid, with both in-person and online tickets available. Attendance is free.
Event Sign-up
In December 2021, the APPG Secretariat gathered experiences of Brexit and its impacts from a range of people across the UK fishing industry. Our new report showcases what they told us, and what they believe should happen next.
Read the Report

Parliament and Government News

Parliamentary Debate Held on the UK's Inshore Fisheries

Anthony Mangnal MP led a Parliamentary debate on 14 June, on issues facing the UK’s small-scale and inshore fishing fleet. MPs from across the UK and across parties raised a range of issues including fishing quotas, food security, regulations, and export difficulties, which all pose serious challenges to the sector.
Committee Hears Evidence on the UK Seafood Fund

Earlier this month, the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee held its first inquiry into the UK Seafood Fund. Key industry figures spoke about their expectations for the Fund, and how it could be improved to increase its positive impacts on the industry as well as coastal communities.
Specialised Committee on Fisheries Publishes Minutes

Minutes have been published for the third meeting of the Specialised Committee on Fisheries, which was held on 27 April. The Committee monitors the implementation and functioning of the fisheries element of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, including setting of quotas for shared stocks.
UK Government Launches Consultation on Marine Net Gain

Defra has opened a consultation on “marine net gain”, an approach to marine development that aims to help the UK reach net zero while protecting key marine species and habitats. Marine industries and other users of the UK marine environment are encouraged to provide input.

Fisheries News

A round-up of the latest UK-relevant fishing news from a variety of sources.
New Restrictions on Fishing Activities in Four English MPAs Enter Force
New MMO byelaws have come into force that prohibit some fishing methods from four offshore marine protected areas in English waters, including Dogger Bank.

Fisheries Ministers for the UK and Norway Meet to Discuss Cooperation
Victoria Prentis recently met her Norway counterpart Bjørnar Skjæran to discuss mutual access, quotas, and reducing trade barriers for Norwegian seafood.

New Statutory Funding for Conservation of North Atlantic Salmon in Scotland
The Scottish Government will provide £500,000 of funding to support conservation measures to reverse the decline in wild North Atlantic salmon stocks. 

ICES Workshop to be Held on Management of North Sea Cod Stocks
ICES will hold a workshop later this year with fishing industry representatives, including from the UK, to discuss North Sea cod stock statuses and assessments.

APPG for the Ocean Seeks Evidence on Ocean-Based Solutions to Climate Change
The APPG for the Ocean is conducting an inquiry into ocean-based solutions to climate change. Contact for details on how to respond.

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.

Question | Defra | 21 June | Fuel Costs for the Under-10 Metre Fishing Sector

Debate | Holyrood | 21 June | Measures to Improve Seabird Conservation 

Question | Defra | 20 June | Increasing Supply and Addressing Rising Costs of Fish

Question | Defra | 17 June | Setting Fishing Quotas in Excess of Scientific Advice

Question | Defra | 17 June | Setting Catch Limits for Cod to Allow Recovery

Question | Defra | 17 June | Banning Some Fishing Gears from all MPAs

Question | Defra | 16 June | Setting Fishing Quotas in Excess of Scientific Advice

Debate | House of Commons | 14 June | Small-Scale and Inshore Fishing Fleet 

Question | Defra | 13 June | Standardising the Marking of Creels in the UK

Question | Defra | 13 June | Preventing Seabed Fishing Near Navigational Marks

Question | Defra | 9 June | Timeframe for Banning Bottom Trawling in MPAs

For more information, contact the APPG on Fisheries Secretariat

Jacob Ashton & Chantal Lyons