Distribution of fishing opportunities

Part of Fisheries Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:00 pm on 13th December 2018.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Labour, Delyn 4:00 pm, 13th December 2018

With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 19—Criteria for the allocation of fishing opportunities—

“(1) When allocating the fishing opportunities available to the United Kingdom between the relevant national authorities, the Secretary of State shall use transparent and objective criteria including those of an environmental, social and economic nature, recognising the United Kingdom fishery as public property held on trust for the people of the United Kingdom. The criteria used shall include, inter alia, the impact of fishing on the environment and the social and economic contribution to the local economy, and shall comply with the fisheries objectives set out in section 1 and any JFS or SSFS.

(2) When allocating the fishing opportunities available to them, English fisheries administrations shall use transparent and objective criteria including those of an environmental, social and economic nature, recognising the English fishery as public property held on trust for the people of England. The criteria used shall include, inter alia, the impact of fishing on the environment and the social and economic contribution to the local economy, and shall comply with the fisheries objectives set out in section 1 and any JFS or SSFS.

(3) When allocating the fishing opportunities available to them pursuant to sub-section (2), English fisheries administrations shall provide incentives to fishing vessels deploying selective fishing gear and/or using fishing techniques with reduced environmental impact, such as reduced energy consumption or habitat damage.

(4) The documents and evidence forming the basis for allocation decisions under sub-sections (2) and (3) must be made available to the public within 20 days of the decision being made, and such documents and evidence shall not be treated as exempt information under sections 21 to 44 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

(5) In this section ‘relevant national authorities’ means—

(a) the Secretary of State,

(b) the Scottish Ministers,

(c) the Welsh Ministers, and

(d) the Northern Ireland department.

(6) In this Act—

‘English fisheries administrations’ means—

(a) The Secretary of State;

(b) The Marine Management Organisation; and

(c) any of the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities.

‘English fishery’ means such sovereign fishing rights as exist in the English inshore region and the English offshore region.”