The EU and the UK have concluded negotiations to reach an agreement in principle setting out catch limits for jointly managed fish stocks for the remainder of 2021.
“Today we reached a deal with the UK on fishing opportunities under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. This agreement provides predictability and continuity for our fleets with definitive TACs for the remainder of the year,” said EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, following a conversation with UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice during which the agreement was finalised.
This agreement closes the first ever annual consultations on fishing opportunities between the EU and the UK under the terms of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). These negotiations began in January, and are seen as creating a basis for continued EU-UK cooperation on fisheries.
The agreement in principle on the management of key shared stocks secures the fishing rights of both the EU and the UK fleets in both the EU and the UK waters until the end of 2021, as foreseen under the TCA. It establishes the total allowable catches (TAC) for 75 shared fish stocks for 2021, as well as for some deep-sea stocks for 2021 and 2022. It also provides clarity on access limits for non-quota species. The signing of the agreement, expected in the coming days, will also enable both parties to engage in quota exchanges.
“This is good for fishermen and women, our coastal communities and our ports, as well as for the sustainable use of our marine resources. This also proves that two partners on both sides of the Channel can find agreements and move forward if they work together,” the Commissioner commented.