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Minister quizzed on how he’ll implement the EU’s fish discard ban

11 December 2018

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee continues their inquiry into the implementation and enforcement of the EU landing obligation.

Witness

Wednesday 12 December in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster
At 11.00am

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

Background

The Committee have heard from a range of witnesses, including fishermen, conservation organisations and fisheries researchers, about the EU landing obligation. The obligation, which comes fully into force from January 2019, require fishermen to land all fish they catch rather than discard some back into the sea. The Committee have heard concerns about the impact this will have on fishermen’s livelihoods and about the difficulties there will be in monitoring compliance with the new rules.

Likely areas of questioning

  • Is the UK ready and able to fully implement the landing obligation from January?
  • What additional resources will be needed to monitor compliance?
  • What steps are being taken to protect the fishing industry, and how will this be balanced with the need to protect fish stocks and prevent overfishing?
  • What impact will leaving the EU have on implementing the landing obligation?

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