Business News: UK and Norway fail to reach fisheries agreement.
The British fishing industry reacted in anger on Friday after the government failed to reach an annual mutual access agreement with Norway, in what it described as another post-Brexit blow to the British fleets.
The backlash came after the Department of Agriculture, Defra, announced it was unable to reach a deal with the Norwegian government, whose subarctic waters are a key source of cod, a favorite fish of British consumers.
Jane Sandell, managing director of UK Fisheries, owner of the super fishing vessel Kirkella which catches around 10% of all fish sold in UK chip shops, said the failure to reach a deal was a “very black day for Britain “” National embarrassment “.
He added: “As a result, there will be no Arctic cod caught in Britain sold through chips for our national dish. “It will all be imported from Norwegians, who will continue to sell their seafood products in the UK without customs duties, while we are excluded from these waters. Quite simply, this is a national shame and embarrassment. “
UK Fisheries said they have invested around £ 180m over the past 20 years in the Humberside fishing industry and plans to invest another £ 100m. The company’s giant ship, the Kirkella, normally catches around 10% of all fish sold in UK chip shops.
A spokesperson for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it was always clear that an agreement would be reached “only if it was balanced and in the interest of the British fishing industry”.
“We have made a fair offer on access to UK waters and the trading of fishing quotas, but we have concluded that our positions remain too far apart to reach an agreement this year,” they added. “Norway is a key partner and we will continue to work with them throughout the year.”