Fisheries

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd January 2019.

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Photo of Scott Mann Scott Mann Conservative, North Cornwall

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria his Department uses to determine the allocation of fishing opportunities.

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

The UK allocates quota annually to ensure that fishing opportunities are allocated for the benefit of the whole of the UK, taking into account the needs of those within existing Producer Organisations (POs) and the needs of the under 10m fleet. The methodology for this allocation is set out in the Quota Management Rules, published at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/410774/UK_2015_Quota_management_rules.pdf.

The UK has long championed sustainable fisheries and we continue to place scientific-based management at the heart of policy. The UK’s coastal fishing communities are immensely valuable and supporting them, along with the inshore fleet, is a central tenet of our work.

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