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Fisheries: Exclusive Economic Zone

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Melanie Onn Melanie Onn Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the UK's maritime neighbours on access to the UK Exclusive Economic Zone after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Melanie Onn Melanie Onn Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy to maintain the principle of equal access to the UK's Exclusive Economic Zone after the UK leaves the EU; and what discussions she has had with her EU counterpart on EU vessels having access to that zone after the UK has left the EU.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We are currently assessing options to determine how the fishing resources within the UK Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) should be managed after we have left the EU.

Discussions on future fisheries management will form part of the Government's negotiations after Article 50 has been triggered.

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