Distant-waters fishing faces an uncertain future following the UK’s exit from the EU, says Hull-based UK Fisheries Ltd.
The company, which owns Boyd Line Ltd and Marr Fishing Vessel Management, says its freezer trawler Kirkella is currently out of operation, unable to bring home fish until bilateral deals on quotas are struck with Greenland, the Faroes and Norway.
“Will the government do the deals needed to keep our crews at work in 2021?” said the company in a statement on its website. “Does it intend to? As of now we don’t know when, or even if, we will be able to put to fish off Norway, our main fishing ground for decades.”
“Our European owners, who have invested £120m over the past decade in rescuing distant waters fishing, will no longer want to sit by and watch their assets depreciate.
“What is most frustrating is that all the government needs to do is agree with Norway – and Greenland and the Faroes – that we can continue fishing on existing terms – or to make better bilateral deals.
“The alternative – and one that gets closer for every day that goes by – is a dismal end to English distant-waters fishing, an industry that has helped nourish our nation for centuries,” the statement concluded.