The UK has reached an agreement with the European Union and Norway on next year’s catch limits for its six jointly managed fish stocks in the North Sea.
Under the agreement, the parties will commit to sustainable management of North Sea cod, haddock, plaice, whiting, herring and saithe to ensure the long-term availability of these stocks.
Additionally, they have established plans to review the distribution and management of shared stocks such as hake to safeguard stocks important for the whole UK catching sector.
Negotiations have provided an estimated £190 million to the UK fishing industry, which would provide “certainty and stability” for the year ahead.
“I am pleased to announce we have concluded trilateral negotiations between the UK, EU and Norway,” fisheries minister Victoria Prentis said.
“We are proud to have led discussion to a positive conclusion as we seek to set a gold standard for the entire fishing industry.
“We are confident that this agreement has struck a balance that will benefit both our fishing industry and ensure our marine environment is healthy and viable long into the future.”
However, only five of six of fish stocks have been set in line with or below the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea’s (ICES) sustainability guidelines.
Instead, cod stocks will be rolled over from 2021’s quota despite the ICES’ advice of lowering the catch.