European Fisheries Alliance Press Release
11 October 2017
Brussels – Today, the European Fisheries Alliance called for continued joint management of shared fisheries resources after Brexit. Gathered in the European Parliament, under the auspices of MEP Alain Cadec, representatives of the European fishing industry, MEPs and members of the public listened to presentations by the scientific community and a non-governmental organization on the potential impact of Brexit on future fisheries management between the UK and the EU. The key topics addressed included: the benefits of well managed and sustainable stocks for both the EU and the UK fleets, international law provisions for cross-border fisheries management and what a hard Brexit may mean for continued sustainability of stocks and the marine environment.
Currently, fisheries management in Europe is the exclusive purview of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), one of Europe’s most integrated policies. Once the United Kingdom finds itself outside of the Union, an entirely new arrangement for the management of over 140 shared stocks will have to be found. Representatives of the European Fisheries Alliance made the case that continued close cooperation between the UK and the EU on all aspects of fisheries management as laid down in the Common Fisheries Policy – from data collection and scientific advice to management decisions and control and enforcement – need to be the basis of the future management system in order to ensure the continued sustainability of fishing stocks.
Gerard van Balsfoort, Chairman of the European Fisheries Alliance remarked that “Responsible management of the resource we share with the United Kingdom is a prerequisite for the continued economic vitality of the fishing industry in both the United Kingdom and the European Union. We call upon all stakeholders to come together to devise a post-Brexit fisheries management system based on the current arrangement that safeguards continued sustainability of stocks and economic prosperity for both UK and EU fishing fleets”.
MEP Alain Cadec, Chairman of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee stressed that “sustainability of fishing stocks is key to a viable fisheries sector and the future of our fishermen should not be held hostage by short term political considerations. We will protect the achievements of the European Fisheries Management System and EU fishermen from any potentially damaging unilateral British decision”.
About the European Fisheries Alliance
The European Fisheries Alliance is a coalition of European fishing fleets directly impacted by Brexit. It consists of national organizations from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden. The alliance accounts for over 18,000 fishermen and 3,500 vessels across the up and downstream industry, with an annual turnover €20.7 billion.
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EUFA chairman: Mr. Gerard Van Balsfoort
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