The UK has signed a fisheries framework agreement with the Faroe Islands, the second coastal state agreement negotiated since the UK left the EU.
This treaty is a further step forward as the UK prepares to leave the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy and follows the UK-Norway fisheries treaty signed by Environment Secretary George Eustice on 30 September 2020.
“This agreement will ensure that annual fisheries negotiations can take place this year to the benefit of our fishing industry,” said Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis.
“I would like to thank our Faroese counterparts for their constructive approach, and I look forward to building on the strong and historic links between our nations while taking further steps to responsibly manage our seas,” she added.
“This is a historic day for the relations between the Faroes and the United Kingdom,” commented Faroes Fisheries Minister Jacob Vestergaard. “The signing of the Fisheries Agreement is a landmark in our history and a stepping stone in our joint ambition to develop further the cooperation between our two nations,” he added.
Each year the UK fishing fleet lands around £2.34m worth of fish from Faroese waters including species such as cod, haddock and pollock.