NFFO publishes its response to the Joint Fisheries Statement consultation currently under way by the four UK fisheries administrations
The NFFO has published its response to the Joint Fisheries Statement consultation currently under way by the four UK fisheries administrations.
The Joint Fisheries Statement, on which the four UK fisheries administrations are now consulting, represents a shared high-level vision of how those objectives will be met during the first phase of the UK’s operation as an independent coastal state.
The central thrust and structure of the Joint Fisheries Statement (JFS) is an implicit and explicit acknowledgement that fisheries are largely a devolved area of responsibility. Significantly, international negotiations, including fisheries agreements, remain a reserved power.
These four elements provide the legislative and policy architecture which will both manage the transition from the CFP to a more customised UK fisheries policy and provide the framework for the future development of the content of that policy.
In its response to the JFS consultation the NFFO has said:
“The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations is the representative body for fishermen and fishing vessel operators, in England and Wales. As such, the NFFO represents many different fleets and sizes of vessel, employing many different fishing gears and targeting many different species. Although we would not purport to represent the whole inshore fleet, many parts of which lack any representative cover, it is safe to say that the NFFO represents more under-10m fishermen as members than any other body in England. The Federation also represents the interests of eight producer organisations on the national and international stage and over-10m vessels operating outside producer organisations.
As has been made clear above, we welcome the Fisheries Act and the JFS as important steps towards a rational and effective framework for the future management of our fisheries. This is not, however, to say that we do not have our fears, concerns and doubts about aspects of the JFS, which bears the hallmarks of a document drafted to meet different demands from different quarters. This response has benefited from a series of detailed meetings with the Defra team responsible for trading the document and the efforts of an internal NFFO working group.
Our concerns fall into five main categories:
- Participation in policy formulation
- Balance and proportionality
- The interface between domestic policy and international negotiations
- External impacts
- Underdeveloped Areas”
The NFFO’s full statement can be read by clicking below: