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Brexit implications for fisheries policy explored by Committee

14 September 2016

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee continues its short inquiry into Brexit and UK fisheries policy by taking evidence from the Minister for Fisheries George Eustice MP and representatives from Norway and Iceland. The Committee will explore the UK's approach to a fisheries policy post Brexit and how other coastal states approach fisheries management from outside the EU.

Witnesses

Wednesday 14 September in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10:30am

  • H.E. Thórdur Aegir Óskarsson, Ambassador of Iceland to the UK, Icelandic Embassy
  • Mr Sigurgeir Thorgeirsson, Senior Adviser, Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries
  • Mr Vidar Landmark, Director General, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries
  • Mr Geir Ervik, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

At 12:00 noon

  • George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Possible Questions

Areas the Committee may discuss with representatives from Norway and Iceland include:

  • How are fisheries managed in other coastal states and what are the key objectives and features of those policies?
  • What type of fisheries agreements do other coastal states have with the EU, or the EU and non-EU coastal states?

Areas the Committee may discuss with the Minister include:

  • What should be the purpose of a UK fisheries policy after Brexit and how will the Minister ensure that this policy is aligned to the interests of the seafood industry and fishing communities?
  • To what extent, and how, do you envision the UK coordinating Total Allowable Catches and quotas with the EU and other European countries after Brexit?
  • Given the sectoral differences within the UK, and the opportunity for redesigning UK fisheries policy, how do you intend to involve industry, devolved administrations and other interested parties in the development of post-Brexit fisheries policy?

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