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New Fisheries Act misses the mark on sustainability, but what now? - Marine Conservation Society

Today, the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has become law. The Fisheries Act, the first legislation of its kind in nearly 40 years, will shape how the UK’s seas are fished for years to come.

In its current form, the Fisheries Act falls short of our aspirations for an ambitious piece of legislation. Notably, the decision to remove key sustainability amendments and the removal of a commitment to rolling out Remote Electronic Monitoring limits the potential impact of the legislation, but we’re committed to pushing the UK Government to go further than this limited framework.

Whilst the legislation failed to address some of the more pressing issues facing UK seas, including overfishing, there is still an opportunity to affect change in the years which follow.

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Posted On: 24/11/2020

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