Northern Ireland fishing industry post-Brexit examined

17 April 2018

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee hears from legal, scientific and sectoral experts on main issues facing Northern Ireland's fishing sector.


Wednesday 18 April in Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 9.30am

  • Dr Lynn Gilmore, Seafish Northern Ireland
  • Pieter-Jan Schon, Head of Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystems Branch, Northern Ireland Agri-food and Biosciences Institute
  • Professor Richard Barnes, Research Director, University of Hull

Purpose of the session

The Committee will look at a range of factors that will affect the future of the Northern Ireland fishing industry, with a particular focus on the impact of the UK leaving the EU. This will include potential changes to the waters that fishing boats will have access to, and the volume and type of fish that can be caught. It will also look at the broader support the Government provides to inland and sea fishing communities in Northern Ireland, as well as the implications of changes to the UK’s trading regime.
The Committee will gain an insight into the legal and political challenges that lie ahead from Professor Richard Barnes, an expert in the Law of the Sea, and Pieter-Jan Schon of the Northern Ireland Agri-food and Biosciences Institute, who provides scientific evidence to support the development of fisheries policy. They will also hear from Dr Lynn Gilmore of Seafish Northern Ireland, who works with fisherman, processors and retailers throughout the region to promote best practice and high standards in the sector.

Further information

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