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Editorial Commentary:  Brexit may prove beneficial, but it's more complicated than you think

Ministers have been told to ‘Get on with Brexit’ so, in about 2019, we will be able to start re-creating our Fishing industry!  We will just reclaim our 200 mile maritime zone and fishermen from the Shetlands to Land’s End will be able to revitalise the industry as Ministers implement plans to Brexit.

Well in part that is true, but ‘The Devil is in the Detail’ as it will take time to not only ‘unravel’ the EU fishing agreements, but also to negotiate with countries such as Iceland, the Faroes and Norway with whom the EU has made agreements on our behalf.  Then there are some small ‘details’ such as Gibraltar (where Spanish fishermen already dispute coastal fishing right) and the Channel Islands (disputes with French Fishermen).

Just to add a ‘touch of spice’ to the negotiations it could be that continued fishing rights are traded for ‘Financial Services Passporting’.  Well, ScotGov’s FM has said she wants to maintain links with the EU and maintain tariff free access to its markets in the EU and it wouldn’t be the first time the ‘Bankers’ have been prioritised over other groups interests!

Researched Links:

Adam Smith Institute Catch of Today: A 10-Point Plan for British Fishing

ScotGov:  Vision for fishing

North Sea: a sustainable & profitable management plan for the region and its fishermen

£360m of UK seafood making a splash on European menus

NEF:  North Sea cod - is the sea half full or half empty?

Provisional Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2015

UK fishermen see next phase of the discard ban take effect

Tough decisions reap benefits for UK fishermen

EU/Faroe fish deal

Mackerel agreement and support for fisheries affected by Russian ban

Guardian:  Leaving EU could end 'unfair' French fishing quotas, says minister

Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) - British Sea Fishing

What would Brexit really mean for the UK's fishing industry?

An Open Letter To Fishing News | Fishing for Leave

Brexit 'could boot French fishermen out of British waters' - The Telegraph

NFFO - The National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations

Channel Islands Maritime Limits - Gov.uk

Managing EC inshore fisheries: Time for change - RSPB

Championing coastal waters and communities - Greenpeace UK

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