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Fishing quota adjustments after Brexit | Epthinktank


Written by Irina Popescu and Frederik Scholaert.

Brexit has reshaped fisheries relations within the North-east Atlantic on an unprecedented scale, with far-reaching penalties for the fishing sector within the area and past. This case is highlighted within the European Parliament’s decision on the way forward for fisheries within the Channel, North Sea, Irish Sea and Atlantic Ocean within the gentle of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. After Brexit, many of the fish shares within the area, managed for many years below EU guidelines, have grow to be shared shares collectively managed with the UK. Entry for EU vessels to UK waters is now topic to licences delivered by UK authorities. Difficulties and delays have been skilled nevertheless in licencing EU vessels to fish within the 6‑12 mile UK territorial waters and within the waters of Jersey and Guernsey in 2021. Entry for EU vessels to UK waters is maintained for an adjustment interval lasting till 30 June 2026, however the circumstances after this date stay unsure. Extra restrictive guidelines within the UK and the Falkland Islands are anticipated to have an effect on UK-flagged vessels owned by EU fishing firms. Extra usually, relations between coastal states within the area have grow to be much less predictable, as seen within the unilateral choices of Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands to extend their mackerel quotas in 2021, for instance.

Probably the most important adjustments, fiercely contested till the ultimate hours of the Brexit negotiations, issues the switch of EU fishing quotas to the UK. The full switch is taken into account to characterize 25 % of the worth of the EU landings from UK waters. The EU-UK Commerce and Cooperation Settlement (TCA) progressively reduces the EU fishing alternatives for 55 shared shares from 2021 to 2025, specifying how the EU and UK shares change every year for every inventory. Many of the quota switch happens in 2021 (60 %), with the rest phased-in over the next years, to achieve 70 % in 2022, 80 % in 2023, 92 % in 2024 and 100 % in 2025. For 2021, the Scientific, Technical and Financial Committee for Fisheries (STECF) estimated the quota discount because of the TCA at 73 697 tonnes.

An EPRS evaluation centered on the impression of the TCA adjustments on 16 of probably the most affected shares, which collectively represented a quota switch of 62 211 tonnes in 2021 (round 84 % of the whole quantity calculated by the STECF), with a price estimated at €103 million.[1]

The quota discount primarily impacts France, Eire, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Belgium. Sweden, Poland, Portugal, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are affected to a lesser extent. France, Eire and the Netherlands take the brunt of the 2021 switch by worth for the analysed shares.

quantity of the Brexit quota transfert (tonnes)
worth of the Brexit quota transfert (€ thousands and thousands)

Western mackerel is by far the inventory with the best Brexit switch (nearly 30 % of the worth of the analysed shares), and as such it’s an illustrative instance. The EU share decreased from 41.68 % in 2020 (pre-Brexit) to 35.15 % in 2021 (post-Brexit), resulting in a switch of 24 021 tonnes, with a price estimated at €30.08 million. Greater than half of this quantity is offered by Eire, with the Netherlands, Germany and France sharing many of the the rest. In apply, the impact of the Brexit switch because of the TCA cumulates with the impact of the change in complete allowable catches (TAC) from 2020 to 2021, leading to a web quota change. The TAC development has a significant impression on the web quota change: if the TAC decreases, as was the case for Western mackerel in 2021, the impression of the quota discount from the Brexit switch is amplified, from 24 021 tonnes to 33 812 for the EU complete, and accordingly for every Member State (proven under in gentle shades).

Quota adjustments for the EU and the UK, and by Member State (tonnes)

An up to date EPRS evaluation of the Brexit quota switch in 2022 is at the moment in progress.


[1] The shares coated by the EPRS evaluation are Mackerel (Western), Herring (North Sea), Blue whiting (Northern), Norway pout (North Sea), Mackerel (North Sea), Sole (North Sea), Norway lobster (zone 7), Anglerfish (zone 7), Hake (Western), Saithe (North Sea), Anglerfish (North Sea), Anglerfish (West of Scotland), Pollack (zone 7), Megrims (zone 7), Cod (North Sea) and Hake (North Sea). The online quota change is the distinction between a Member State’s quotas for a given inventory for 2 successive years. We used the preliminary fishing alternatives for 2020 and 2021, as indicated in Laws 2020/123 and 2021/1239. The Brexit switch for a Member State in a given 12 months is calculated by making use of the EU share discount in accordance with the TCA to the quota from the earlier 12 months. EU and UK quota shares are from the EU-UK TCA, Annexes 35 and 36. To neutralise uncommon pandemic results, the worth relies on 2019 costs from the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Merchandise (EUMOFA). Nationwide sources have been used for German and Irish costs (unavailable in EUMOFA).

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