Fisheries Minister, Victoria Prentis said:
“For the first time in 40-years we enter into annual fisheries negotiations as an independent coastal State.
“As a responsible independent coastal state, we are taking measures to ensure that we fish sustainably, and that our fishermen can continue to operate smoothly while those annual negotiations take place.”
As the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement states, UK vessels will be permitted to fish in EU waters and EU vessels in UK waters. However, from 1 January, UK and EU vessels must not fish in each other’s waters without a licence. Licensing of UK and EU vessels will begin shortly.
Until agreement is reached with Norway and the Faroe Islands, UK vessels are not permitted to fish in their waters and vice versa.