Eustice says UK in ‘final stages’ of fishing quota negotiations
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The UK Government is launching a call for evidence seeking views on potential measures to manage stocks of sandeel and Norway pout in the North Sea. Ministers argue say industrial fishing methods by EU registered vessels are negatively impacting stocks in the North Sea.
Sandeel and pout are a key part of the seafood chain with commercial fish stocks relying on sandeels and Norway pout as a food source.
The lack of supply is causing a decline in species including North Sea cod and haddock.
Fisheries Minister, Victoria Prentis, said: “As an independent coastal state, we can now manage our waters in a way that protects and encourages the recovery of our marine environment and supports the long-term health of our fisheries.
“We are committed to having a world-class, sustainable fishing industry and this call for evidence is an important step to address pressures.”
The Department for Environment for Food and Rural Affairs, who is launching the call for evidence, added: “Without the constraints of the [EU] Common Fisheries Policy, as an independent coastal state the UK Government has the power to look at potential new measures to better protect sandeels.”
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