Brexit: fisheries, seafood and marine enviornment

6 July 2017

The United Kingdom is a maritime nation and fisheries have played a large role in shaping its history and culture. During the 2016 referendum campaign on UK membership of the EU we saw vociferous campaigns from the fishing industry and some politicians to take back ‘our fish’ by leaving the EU, culminating in the infamous flotilla on the Thames.

Since the referendum, however, views from fishing and seafood industry stakeholders have become more nuanced. This report explores the many issues Brexit brings for our fisheries, seafood and marine environment.

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The views expressed in this research paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative.

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