Peter Aldous calls for fairer distribution of fishing quota to enable the regeneration of the Lowestoft fishing industry

21st February 2019

Peter Aldous seeks an assurance from the Government that post-Brexit fishing quota will be fairly distributed to enable the revitalisation of the Lowestoft fishing industry; with local fishermen being able to earn enough for a fair living for themselves and to supply the local merchants and processors needed to support the industry.

Leaving the EU: Fisheries

5. What plans he has for fisheries policy after the UK leaves the EU. [909366]

The Government’s vision for the future fisheries policy as we leave the European Union and once again become an independent coastal state was set out in our July 2018 fisheries White Paper, “Sustainable fisheries for future generations”.

I am grateful to the Secretary of State for that reply. Brexit provides a great opportunity to revitalise the Lowestoft fishing industry, but to do so local fishermen must be able to catch enough fish to earn a fair living for themselves and to supply local merchants and processors. Will the Secretary of State confirm that the Fisheries Bill will deliver the root-and-branch reform that is required to ensure the fair distribution of fishing opportunities?

My hon. Friend makes a very important point. One of the benefits of leaving the common fisheries policy is that we can reallocate quota in such a way as to ensure that the inshore fleet and ports such as Lowestoft get a fairer share of the natural resources in our waters. As my hon. Friend the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has pointed out, as well as supporting the inshore fleet, we can also end practices such as pulse fishing, which are environmentally damaging and lead to those who operate out of ports such as Lowestoft being distressed about the way in which other countries have been fishing in our waters.



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