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Recreational fishing to have influence on UK sea fisheries

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David Mitchell, Head of Marine at the Angling Trust, says that for the first time in 40 years anglers’ views on UK sea fisheries will be taken into account.

A new law of vital significance for the UK tackle industry has begun its passage through the Houses of Parliament.

The Bill will allow the UK to manage its own fisheries outside the European Union. It will ensure the UK leaves the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy at the end of the transition period in December 2020.

Under the bill, recreational fishing will be recognised in law as a direct stakeholder in UK fisheries and will qualify for financial support from a funding scheme replacing the EU’s European Maritime Fisheries Fund.

The legislation includes powers to give the UK control of its own waters, set fishing opportunities and reform the management of fisheries. Underpinning the Bill is a commitment to sustainability and it enshrines in law the Government’s manifesto commitments for sustainable fishing.

“For the first time in nearly 40 years, members of the public fishing for recreation and personal consumption of publicly-owned sea fish will be recognised and their views and requirements taken into account in how UK sea fisheries are managed,” said David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s Head of Marine.

“Businesses servicing the sector, which contributes a total economic impact to the UK each year of over £2b, will now be able to influence the development of fishing policy affecting them and their employees. Many of these businesses provide much needed jobs in costal communities.”

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