Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fishing Industry Fears New EU Rules

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fishing Industry Fears New EU Rules

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EU rules coming into effect on tomorrow could have a devastating impact on the UK fishing industry, a parliamentary committee has been told.

The 'landing obligation' requires boats to bring to shore fish caught in excess of their allocated quota, which they would previously have discarded at sea.

After a four-year phasing-in period, it comes into effect in full tomorrow, with the aim of conserving stocks by encouraging fishermen to be more selective about what they catch.

But the legislation has been branded 'badly designed' by UK industry organisations, which said it would force British boats to moor up in harbour for long stretches after reaching quotas on specific species.

The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-committee heard evidence that the rule could mean fishermen hitting their annual quotas much earlier in the year, with an estimated £165m worth of fish remaining uncaught in 2019 as a result. …

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