The DFPO claim that the demersal fishery will have to pay a disproportionate amount to get a Brexit agreement in place
At present, it seems that the demersal fishery will have to pay a disproportionate amount to get a Brexit agreement in place and this is causing concern at Danish Fish Producers Organisation (DFPO).
Last week, Michel Barnier proposed a deal on fisheries that would see the UK receive a cut of 25% in the value of fish caught by EU boats in UK waters. That would ultimately be worth €160 million.
The proposal includes €47m worth of mackerel, a €12m cut in sole in the North Sea, and an €8m cut in North Sea Herring. The proposal would also include a cut of €5m in nephrops.
Yesterday, the UK offered a proposal to let the EU fishing fleet retain two-thirds of their catch caught in UK waters. Subsequently, this was rejected by the EU negotiators.
Nevertheless, as the year’s-long Brexit drama is coming to an end the Danish fishing industry believes there is a gloomy picture emerging and there is great concern that the final game will have a dull outcome from the point of view of the fishing industry.
To make matters worse, at present it seems that the cod fishery, or what the DFPO calls the demersal fishery, in the North Sea, has to pay a disproportionate amount to get the agreement in place. This creates great concern among the chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association, Svend-Erik Andersen, who calls on politicians in the EU and in Denmark to ensure that any bill for an agreement must be shared in solidarity by the entire fishery.
“Brexit is set to end in the catastrophe we have always feared. It is very worrying, and it will cost Danish jobs. Unfortunately, there are also rumours that the demersal fishery will pay a disproportionately high contribution for access to British waters – even if they have never been in, or plan to fish in, British waters. It is simply not fair, and I call on the government and the EU negotiator to ensure a negotiated solution, where the bill is distributed in solidarity between the various fisheries,” says Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association.