Britain has revoked access to Norwegian and Faroese fishing vessels with Britain taking back control of its waters till both sides can find an arrangement.
UK fisheries minister Victoria Prentis said: “For the first time in 40 years we enter into annual fisheries negotiations as an independent coastal state.
“As a responsible, independent coastal state, we are taking measures to ensure that we fish sustainably. “We want to ensure our fishermen can continue to operate smoothly while those annual negotiations take place.”
To counter this, Norway’s Fishing Minister said: “If we do not get a deal by January 1, we will not open Norway’s economic fishing zones to vessels from the EU and Britain.
“Neither can we expect Norwegian vessels to get access to their zones before a deal is in place?
“We’ve been telling the EU for a long time that we needed a three-way deal, and the ball is therefore now in the EU’s court.
“It is not a given that these (fisheries) talks can be concluded before the new year.”
Just as we entered 2021, the rules changed on the devastating method of Pulse fishing. UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) wrote: “With effect from 23:00 tonight, pulse trawling by EU and English vessels in UK waters will no longer be licensed.”
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