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04 December 2019

British Ports Association Restore Link Between Fisheries and Coastal Communities

The British Ports Association has launched it's 'fisheries manifesto' that will boost UK fishing ports and the coastal communities in which they are rooted. Increasing landings boosts the wider economic benefits of our fisheries to our coastal communities

The new report outlines three recommendations that will help to transform the industry:

  1. Land all UK fishing quota (or all UK fish after Brexit) into UK ports
  2. A transformational fisheries fund open to all UK fishing ports

Securing the long-term future of the industry and maintaining favourable access to European markets for seafood.

As part of the campaign launched, the British Ports Association is calling on parliamentary candidates to commit to supporting the aims of the report to support the long-term future of UK fishing communities.

They are asking all UK prospective parliamentary candidates to sign up to our pledge to back UK fishing. Alongside a funding scheme to help fishing ports diversify their income and become more competitive, we are keen to see more seafood landed in the UK. This is the best way to ensure that the benefits of our fisheries are shared amongst UK coastal communities. This is a relatively simple change to enact that can be done through the existing licensing regime.

Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of British Ports Association, said:

For the first time in 40 years the UK will soon be setting its own fisheries policy. This could be a once in a generation opportunity for UK fisheries. Above all it is critical that a transformational fund is put in place to support this transition towards prosperity and that Government policy is put to work to support coastal communities by ensuring that more seafood is landed in the UK.

Key Aims

Building Economic ResilienceA new transformational fishing fund:

  • A £100m+ a year domestic fisheries fund with clear, strategic aims that tie into wider policy to revive UK fishing
  • A ringfenced infrastructure strand, recognising the foundational importance of ports to the wider industry
  • Remove the £1m cap for infrastructure projects
  • Back projects that support the diversification and wider competitiveness of ports and related businesses, where this will sustain local commercial fishing activity
  • Consider funding projects that involve restoration and maintenance of primary infrastructure where this supports safety or benefits the wider fishing industry
  • Provide indicative funding letters to provide certainty to allow projects to attract other sources of funding

Restoring the Economic Link

  • Amend the economic link requirement in commercial fishing licenses to make it mandatory to land all UK quota in a UK port. A phased approach would be appropriate

The Wider Fishing Industry ‘Ecosystem’

  • Maintain favourable access to foreign markets for import and export of processed, whole, raw or live Seafood products
  • A review of the quota system to ensure that it is fair and secures the long-term future of the industry

Read the report here

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Created in 1992, the British Ports Association represents the interests of its 100 full members (covering in excess of 350 ports and harbour facilities and terminals of all sizes across the UK), and numerous associate members, to the UK and devolved Governments, the EU and national and international bodies. w:www.britishports.org.uk

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