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Brexit WIN! Huge change to fishing rules will see more Brits in work to meet 70% quota

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This will jump from 50 to 70 percent, meaning more fish can be sold and processed in the UK in a major boost to the sector after Brexit. Fishing boats which fail to meet the landing or crewing requirement will have to donate quota. This will increase from 16.5 percent to 20 percent in 2022, with the UK Government looking to increase the current threshold “over time”.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) said the package of measures, known as the ‘economic link’, will a create jobs and provide an economic boost to the UK’s coastal communities following Brexit.

This new set of rules, which will take effect from April 1, 2022, comes with the Government unveiling a £75million investment boost to improve infrastructure, strengthen supply chains and create new jobs.

Defra said this funding will be used to strengthen the sector’s ability to “land more fish in the UK and take them to market faster”.

This will be achieved through “improving the capacity and efficiency of our harbours and processing facilities while boosting the long-term sustainability of the fishing industry and supporting jobs, increasing opportunities for coastal communities and levelling up across the country”.

A £65million infrastructure scheme will be launched for projects such as modernising ports and harbours, while increasing capacity and efficiency at processing and aquaculture facilities.

The remaining £10million will be spent on encouraging new entrants into the processing, catching and aquaculture sectors, with the money also spent on training and upskilling workers currently employed in the sector.

Defra will begin inviting the industry to submit bids for the Infrastructure and Skills and Training, with funding provided to those that most benefit the industry.

The latest funding schemes are the second and third parts of the £100 million UK Seafood Fund, aimed at “levelling up” the UK’s coastal communities.

Defra said the investment will “ensure the industry and coastal communities are equipped to benefit from additional quota gained as a result of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) signed last year with the EU”.

The Government department added that, following the UK’s departure from the Common Fisheries Policy, the value of UK-EU fishing opportunities for the UK has totalled around £333 million in 2021.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said nearly 12 months on from the trade deal between the UK and EU, “a positive pictyure is emerging for our fishing industry”.

He insisted the new investment “marks a period of rejuvenation for our fishing industry”.

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Mr Eustice said: “A year on from the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, a positive picture is emerging for our fishing industry.

“Today, we are announcing a £65 million infrastructure scheme which will allow us to modernise ports and harbours and increase capacity and efficiency at processing facilities.

“A £10 million fund will encourage new entrants into the processing, catching and aquaculture sectors, and train and upskill those in the industry.

“We are committed to levelling up coastal communities across the UK, and this marks a period of rejuvenation for our fishing industry.”

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, added: “This multi-million pound investment will have a real and tangible impact on coastal communities across country and the UK fish industry.

“It will support the creation of jobs and training opportunities that will help put the industry on a sure footing for the future.

“We are working hard to boost local communities and spread opportunity to every corner of the country as we level up the nation.”  

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