Tapered Fishing Deal?

The UK has offered consistently right from the start a fishing agreement and to be free of the EU’s disastrous Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). One that recognises our national sovereignty and international rights under the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which confirms territorial waters of 12 miles off the coast and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of up to 200 miles.

Taking a practical approach, the UK will not be able to rebuild its highly damaged fishing industry overnight, new boats need building, apprentices trained, port facilities restored, new fishing businesses established. So, it is suggested a ‘tapered approach’, where we regain fishing quota rights over time, but starting with a doubling of what we have today. Norway, Iceland and the Falklands Islands all have successful fishing agreements we can emulate, and the recent UK-Norway fishing agreement has annual negotiations on the share of fish catches.

The Guardian is reporting a ‘phase down period’ is being offered 2021-24 for catches from EU fishermen, which seems eminently sensible, if correct. So, we won’t decimate EU fisheries overnight and have to fight a series of Cod Wars (which we lost against Iceland incidentally when we had things called warships) or tedious Channel blockades. We can also set the terms, no pulse fishing or supertrawlers, for example, which anyone would support a ban on.

So just get on with it! Bring in a SuperCanada deal!

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