Consultation opened on 18 January 2022. Closing date 12 April 2022.

Summary

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland, the UK Government, Scottish Government, and Welsh Government have launched a public consultation on the Joint Fisheries Statement (JFS).
A key component of the Fisheries Act 2020, the Joint Fisheries Statement sets out the legally binding policies the UK Government and Devolved Governments will follow, at a UK level and individually, as they work together to deliver world-class sustainable fisheries and aquaculture management.
The consultation will welcome views from industry and environmental stakeholders, the public and all those interested and affected by the proposed policies.

Consultation description

The Joint Fisheries Statement sets out policies from the respective governments for achieving, or contributing to achieving, the eight objectives outlined in the Fisheries Act 2020 which will help to achieve the UK’s vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive, and biologically diverse oceans and seas.

In line with the Fisheries Act’s objectives and international obligations, the Joint Fisheries Statement sets out how the UK will adopt an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management and includes a commitment to mapping and protecting our blue carbon resources.

It recognises the importance of fishing and aquaculture, and the benefits it provides to all parts of the UK as a source of employment and identity for our coastal communities. To support this, the Joint Fisheries Statement includes policies to help the industry thrive, including commitments to upskilling industry and succession planning, and promoting the consumption of locally sourced seafood.

The Joint Fisheries Statement sets out three main areas to deliver our ambition:

  • Protecting and, where necessary, recovering our fish stocks;
  • Reducing the effects of fishing on the marine and coastal environment; and
  • Supporting a modern, resilient, and environmentally responsible fishing industry.

 

Summary of responses

Summary of responses - consultation on draft Joint Fisheries Statement#

Next Steps

The fisheries policy authorities (of which  DAERA is one) will give careful consideration to the themes and recommendations that have been put forward by stakeholders during the consultation. This analysis will be used to inform a final JFS which will be published in November 2022.

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