Lords debates Fisheries Bill

12 February 2020

Members of the Lords discussed the key principles and purpose of the Fisheries Bill during second reading on Tuesday 11 February. Speakers taking part included a member of the ClientEarth Development Committee and a trustee of Seafarers UK.

Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Conservative), Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, opened the debate on the bill and responded on behalf of the government.

Fisheries Bill summary

This bill aims to:

  • provide the legal framework for the UK to operate as an independent coastal state after the UK has left the EU and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)
  • require that foreign fishing in UK waters is licensed
  • protect the UK's marine environment by extending the powers of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Scottish and Welsh ministers.

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