A ban on botton trawling on the Dogger Bank is breaking the TCA says Danish fisheries minister, Rasmus Prehn

A ban on botton trawling on the Dogger Bank is breaking the TCA says Danish fisheries minister, Rasmus Prehn

Danish Minister for Fisheries, Rasmus Prehn, has accused the UK of breaking the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with plans to ban bottom trawling on the Dogger Bank.

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper in the UK, Minister Rasmus told Jennifer Rankin that the ban on bottom trawling in the are was “a very big problem”.

The TCA allows licensed EU-registered fishing vessels to continue fishing in UK waters until at least 2026. The Dogger Bank, situated in the middle of the North Sea, is an important fisheries area for the Danish and Dutch fleet and a ban on bottom trawling would mean another blow to the Danish fleet after Brexit.

In the article he says, “The Brexit agreement ensures full access [for EU vessels] to fish in UK waters until 2026. And therefore, of course, it is a very big problem for us if the British government is going to change that. We find that unacceptable and it’s a breach of our agreement.”

Prehn said Danish fishers “are already in a very difficult situation due to Brexit so this would be even more difficult for them, and we can’t really accept that”.

While he said it was premature to discuss potential retaliation, he revealed his disappointment over how relations between the UK and Denmark had deteriorated since Brexit.

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“It’s really difficult to make an agreement and just one year after we have these problems with one part; that is not really acceptable, that is not how we usually make agreements. With the UK we used to have a very good relationship,” Prehn said.

He was speaking from Brussels as the UK and EU embark on the final sprint of negotiations to set catch limits for fishing in 2022, ahead of a 10 December deadline.

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