How should the post-Brexit UK deal with fisheries? This is the question posed by a new report compiled by researchers at the University of the West of Scotland as part of the UK in a Changing Europe project. It looks for lessons from the approaches adopted by other non-EU coastal states – Iceland, Norway and the Faroe Islands. Based on the experience of these states, the report puts forward a number of detailed policy recommendations covering:
- The institutional structures necessary for the sector
- The appropriate role of scientific advice
- Stakeholder relations
- Economic protection and promotion of fishing communities.
The findings and recommendations are based on a series of detailed interviews carried out with policymakers and industry representatives in Iceland, Norway and the Faroe Islands. These coastal states were chosen as case studies because of their geographic proximity to the UK and because they all enter into negotiations with the EU regarding Total Allowable Catch and quota allocations.
The team is led by Dr Craig McAngus, lecturer in politics at the University of the West of Scotland.
Anand Menon, Director of The UK in a Changing Europe said “Fisheries is one of a number of areas in which the UK will have to develop its own policies post Brexit. By drawing on the experience of a number of non-EU states, this report provides an invaluable guide to how best to approach this task.’
The views expressed in this analysis post are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative.