Though the UK may be leaving the EU tomorrow (January 31), fishing rules have not yet changed and the fishing industry will need to adhere to existing regulations until the end of the transition period.
With the clock ticking down on the UK’s now imminent departure from the EU, the UK’s Marine Management Organisation (MMO) have published a reminder that the UK will be actively negotiating new trading and fisheries agreements with the EU and other third countries during the transition period, up to December 31st 2020.
As such, the MMO is reminding the fishing industry that the UK will continue to abide by the current rules, which apply to all UK, EU and other vessels fishing in UK waters, throughout this period.
Emphasising the importance of the reminder, Michael Coyle, Head of Compliance and Control at the MMO, said: “It’s important that anyone planning to fish in UK waters from January 31st 2020 is aware that there is no change in regulation at this stage and all they need to do is ensure they continue to comply with the existing rules.”
“Those who break the rules disadvantage hard working fishermen and their businesses who are committed to seeing thriving fish stocks for the future so it’s important we maintain a strong presence and deterrent.”
Any changes that may come about through the new negotiated arrangements will be communicated in advance of becoming operational.
The MMO, they say, will provide businesses with the information required to prepare to trade with the EU from 1 January 2021 but in the meantime, for information on the transition click here.
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