According to a Scottish Government report, fish stocks landed by the Scottish fleet would decline under the Brexit agreement.
The Scottish government research reports that, under the agreement reached between Boris Johnson and the European Union, eight varieties of fish stocks would not have improved fishing opportunities.
Scottish ministers have also warned that shares will be smaller than in the current situation in five and a half years, when a negotiated transition period for fleets to adapt to the new rules expires.
The average share of UK landings for North Sea cod combined in the overall EU and UK quota is currently 63.5 percent . The study argues, however, that that share would fall to 57 percent under the Brexit deal – the highest percentage of the overall quota allocated to the UK from the EU and the UK.
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Similar declines were estimated for North Sea haddock (92.5 percent to 84.2 percent), Rockall haddock (88.4 percent to 85 percent), North Sea saithe (31.6 percent to 26 percent), North Sea whiting (82.7 percent to 73.5 percent) and North Sea hake hake, according to the Scottish government report (55.6 percent to 53.6 percent ).
Both before and after the deal, Rockall cod (75 percent) and West of Scotland cod (81.2 percent) figures remain the same.
The study was called “deeply worrying” by Minister of Rural Economy Fergus Ewing and cautioned that “Scotland’s interests will be harmed by the UK-EU agreement.”
He said, “Scottish coastal communities have been told that any Brexit agreement would increase fishing opportunities very significantly.”
Minister Fergus Ewing of Rural Economy
In fact, there will not be a significant increase in the main stocks on which the Scottish industry relies, nor will there be a decrease in the amount of fish that can be landed.
We were also told that the UK government’s red line was that the Fisheries Agreement would not be related to the General Trade Agreement.
This means that any potential effort to limit EU access would result in trade restrictions – affecting key Scottish industries, such as salmon producers.
This is a bad result for the coastal communities of Scotland, Ewing added. The limited quota gains in mackerel and herring would be greatly outweighed by the effects of losses in haddock, cod and saithe – and this also threatens to destroy ports, fish markets and processing facilities-related onshore employment and businesses.
“As our analysis shows, there is little to celebrate here and much to fear for the future of Scottish fisheries.”
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While the North Sea or Rockall haddock will not increase, other haddock quotas will increase, including in the Irish Sea (54.2% to 56%), West Scotland (77.3% to 80.6%) and the Celtic Sea (8.8 percent to 20 percent ).
There are other improved fishing prospects for the west of Scotland (47.1% to 51%) and the west of Scotland (47.1% to 51%) (58.7 percent to 65.9 percent ).
Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that “a better deal for fisheries is the only Brexit justification the Tories could ever offer Scotland.”
She added: “This analysis demonstrates how dramatically they broke that promise.” The agreement actually delivers a worse outcome for some substantial stocks than the (Common Fisheries Policy).
Mike Park, chief executive of the Scottish White Fish Producers Association (SWFPA), added: “Aside from politics, members of the SWFPA are deeply angry about the very difficult situation they are currently facing in 2021.”
Although we have achieved modest share increases for some stocks, the stark reality is that, for a number of key species, the groundfish sector faces major shortfalls in 2021 due to the fact that we can no longer directly barter with colleagues in Europe.
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