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Ireland and EU Member States Accused of Favouring Non/EU Countries

EU Member States, including Ireland, have been accused of “opening a backdoor to damage EU fishermen” by giving beneficial arrangements to non-EU seafood producers without questioning the quality or sustainability of this produce.

“The same story repeats revision after revision. The EU Council only listens to some EU processing companies that want to get access to cheap fish from non- EU countries regardless of the origin or way of production,” said Javier Garat, President of Europêche, the association of European fishing organisations.

The Council of the EU intends to approve a regulation setting Autonomous Tariff Quotas (ATQs) for certain fishery products for the years 2021-2023. The ATQ regulation covers species such as tuna, Alaska pollack, cod, flatfish or shrimp for which a relatively high volume can be imported from non-EU countries at a reduced or zero-duty tariff.

Denmark Wants To Restrict Offshore Aquaculture Development

Denmark’s Environment Minister does not think the country should expand its aquaculture. Minister Lea Wermelin has introduced two Bills to the Danish Parliament which seek to restrict the growth of the country’s offshore aquaculture sector. She said the measures are required in order to protect the marine environment. She also said she wanted to see more fish farming take place in fresh and salt water dams on land rather than in open pens at sea.

Scotland Needs More UK Money To Compensate for Brexit

The Scottish Government says it needs at least stg £62 million annually to replace the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) after Brexit. The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, raised the issue at an EU Exit Operations meeting with the British Government. He has written to the British Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, seeking clarity on how UK Government funding will operate from next January.