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News article27 September 2023

EU and UK reach three fisheries agreements

The EU-UK Specialised Committee on Fisheries (SCF) have reached three agreements for better fisheries management between the EU and UK.

The agreements include; 

  • a mechanism for voluntary transfers of fishing opportunities between the EU and the UK.
  • common guidelines for notifying management measures to the other party.
  • improvements to managing four shared stocks (lemon sole, witch, turbot and brill).

The joint guidelines for notifications of management measures are another important milestone. Both the EU and the UK now have to notify the other party of all management measures they take in their respective waters that may impact the vessels of the other party. These guidelines clarify this process, including timelines for notification, standardised content of notifications and the engagement on notifications.

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Publication date
27 September 2023