A strong deal to safeguard fish stocks secured during “more important than ever” negotiations
A strong deal for Wales’ fishing industry has been secured which will safeguard Welsh fish stocks and support coastal communities, according to Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, following agreement in Brussels on EU fishing opportunities for 2020.
As part of the UK Ministerial negotiating team, the Welsh Government helped secure the deal at the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels which concluded in the early hours of this morning.
The Minister, who led the Welsh Government delegation yesterday said:
In line with our commitments to ensure our natural resources are sustainably managed, using the best available scientific advice, our priority was to safeguard fish stocks whilst securing a positive outcome for those coastal communities whose economies depend so much on the sea.
This year’s negotiations were more important than ever with the uncertainty Brexit presents. Despite this, we were able to present a strong Welsh case to the Presidency and Commission, along with colleagues from the UK Government and other Devolved Administrations.
Our number one priority during negotiation was Seabass, and we have secured a sustainable but fair deal for both commercial and recreational fishers whilst ensuring this important stock continues its track to recovery.
We have also secured an increase or maintained quotas for Skates/Rays, Anglerfish, Plaice, Haddock and Megrim in the Celtic Sea and for Plaice, Sole and Herring in the Irish Sea, while still meeting sustainability targets.
In the Celtic Sea, the Cod stock remains challenging. The Council has set a TAC of 805t alongside a package of significant technical measures. Whilst this is challenging for some, the vast majority of the Welsh fleet will be able to continue to sustainably fish in the Celtic Sea.
Latest News from
“We have to take action now” – Minister launches Welsh Government’s Clean Air Plan for Wales to improve air quality06/08/2020 16:05:00
The Welsh Government has today (Thursday, August 6) outlined the measures it will take to improve the country’s air quality under its Clean Air Plan for Wales: Healthy Air, Healthy Wales.
First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford and Secretary of State Simon Hart chair Coal Tips Summit06/08/2020 11:05:00
First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford and Secretary of State Simon Hart, recently (04 August 2020) convened the second Coal Tips Summit since the Tylorstown landslip during the February floods this year.
Ministers announce £800m stabilisation package for Welsh NHS06/08/2020 09:05:00
Welsh Ministers yesterday announced a new £800m stabilisation package to help the Welsh NHS to continue to respond to and recover from the impact of the coronavirus crisis.
North Wales and Cross-Border Manufacturing Summit held05/08/2020 16:05:00
A high level summit of leaders in manufacturing focusing on north Wales and the cross border area was yesterday convened by Economy and north Wales Minister Ken Skates.
Relaxation of Discretionary Assistance Fund rules extended05/08/2020 14:05:00
The Welsh Government has agreed to continue the relaxation of the Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF) rules until 31 March 2021.
Coronavirus: New measures on when to seek medical advice05/08/2020 11:05:00
The Health Minister Vaughan Gething is urging anyone isolating at home with COVID-19 to contact 111 or their GP if their symptoms don’t improve after seven days or if they experience breathlessness or vomiting, or if fatigue stops them doing their normal daily activities.
Economic Resilience Fund provides critical support to Wrexham-based manufacturer05/08/2020 09:05:00
Welsh Government’s bespoke Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) is providing crucial support to protect jobs at an important employer in Wrexham, Economy and north Wales Minister Ken Skates has announced.
Childcare Offer for Wales to reopen04/08/2020 14:05:00
Wales’ Childcare Offer providing 30 hours of early education and care to the working parents of 3 and 4 year olds across Wales is set to reopen, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care Julie Morgan has announced today.
Minister announces extra £22.7m to help adult social care sector04/08/2020 09:05:00
Health and Social Services Minister Vaughan Gething has announced £22.7m in extra funding to help meet the additional costs adult social care providers are incurring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘We must seize the opportunity of record levels using technology to learn Welsh in lockdown,’ urges Eluned Morgan at virtual Eisteddfod AmGen03/08/2020 14:05:00
Welsh Language Minister Eluned Morgan has urged record numbers of digital Welsh learners to take part in this year’s virtual Eisteddfod AmGen.