Under current arrangements, what fish are caught in our EEZ and by whom?
The answers are in the academic paper by Dr Ian Napier of the NAFC Marine Centre – in summary, the bulk of the fish in our EEZ is taken by other nations. See linked NAFC Report.
Do we need access to other EU waters?
In short, no – see link above, p59.
Noting where the fish are caught, what proportion actually live in our EEZ?
The answers are in the Aberdeen University study on “spatial distribution” – again to summarise, a very significant proportion of the important commercial species of fish are zonally attached to our EEZ. See link to Aberdeen University study.
Does our catching opportunity reflect spatial distribution?
No, not even close. See the Aberdeen University study.
What is at stake in making arrangements for post-Brexit fishing?
Control and beneficial use of a considerable food and wealth producing resource allocated to the nation under International Law. If handled properly by the UK governments this will deliver significant additional sustainable economic activity, jobs and support to our communities. We repeat, this is a very big deal.
What are the most important elements of Government policy for Brexit and fishing?
The key to sustainable, beneficial managements of fish stocks within our EEZ is control of access to our waters for the purpose of fishing. Up to the point of Brexit, the current arrangements will apply: there must be no ceding of rights of access to our waters and opportunities to fish before assuming the rights and responsibilities of a Coastal State.