The UK Government has unveiled its latest measures to establish a prosperous and sustainable fishing industry and ensure a healthy marine environment for future generations. Taking advantage of the opportunities presented by Brexit, the UK is implementing a world-class system of fisheries management plans. Combining the best available scientific knowledge with the expertise of fishermen. The objective is to safeguard the health and sustainability of fish stocks in the long term.
Underpinning this new system are Fisheries Management Plans, comprehensive strategies for effective fish stock management in the UK. The government has published the first six plans, covering species such as bass, king scallops, crab, and lobster. These management plans were developed collaboratively with industry representatives and anglers over an 18-month period. Moreover, fulfil the commitments outlined in the Fisheries Act 2020. They aim to create a modern and resilient fishing industry while ensuring the sustainability of fish stocks. The plans consist of a range of actions, including seasonal closures, scientific studies, and long-term approaches. Based on the latest scientific evidence to maximize productivity and sustainability in the sector.
In a boost for small-scale under 10-meter vessels, which are vital to coastal communities. The government is leveraging the increased post-Brexit quota by removing a cap on the amount of quota available to them. This move will open up new potential income streams for smaller fishing businesses.
Additionally, the government is launching a consultation on its vision for remote electronic monitoring (REM) in English waters. This consultation will outline the proposed approach and next steps for REM systems, which incorporate cameras, gear sensors, and GPS units. By implementing this cutting-edge technology, the government aims to support fisheries management plans with robust evidence and data. REM systems will collect data while fishing boats are at sea, including information on the quantity, size, and species of fish caught. They will also record data on incidental bycatch of seabirds or marine mammals such as whales and dolphins. The data gathered through REM will enable the fishing industry to sustainably manage stocks, benefitting future generations, and providing greater confidence to fish buyers and retailers regarding the sustainability of UK fish.
These initiatives reflect the UK Government‘s commitment to seizing the opportunities presented by Brexit and establishing a thriving fishing industry while safeguarding the marine environment for years to come.