UK federations adopt united stance

28 Nov 2016
SSF and NFFO agreed on common principles for Brexit negotiations

SSF and NFFO agreed on common principles for Brexit negotiations

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) have delivered a joint stance in relation to forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

Meeting in Edinburgh earlier this month, they two organisations agreed on common principles to ensure the best possible deal for coastal communities and the key outcomes they want to achieve from negotiations to leave the EU.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of SFF, said: “Brexit has monumental significance for the nation’s fishing industry and our coastal communities in terms of providing the opportunity for a significant increase in economic activity.”

He added: “It is vital that fisherman across the UK speak with a united voice to ensure that the UK and devolved governments fight for the interests of these communities in the forthcoming negotiations.”

Fishermen across the UK have welcomed Brexit as providing a historic opportunity to secure significant economic benefit to coastal communities once the UK regains control of its 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

It was agreed that they would seek fairer shares of catching opportunity for UK vessels, full control over access of the UK EEZ by fishing fleets and creation of a fit-for-purpose management and relation system. Alongside the establishment of mutually beneficial trading relationships with the EU and other countries.

The federations agreed that there must be no roll-over of the current Common Fisheries Policy and that negations should not be mixed with non-fisheries issues.

They also insisted that negotiations must benefit all sectors of the fishing industry, inshore and offshore fleets, fish and shellfish all stand to benefit from the opportunities that the UK s exit provides.

Barrie Deas, chief executive of the NFFO, concluded: “We see the UK’s departure from the EU and therefore the CFP as an opportunity to address the distortions that were built into the CFP from its inception. The UK industry is united that this is a once in a generation opportunity to put things right.”

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