The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fisheries has released a video compiling the views of seven of its parliamentary members on what a post-Brexit future for the UK fishing industry could and should look like.

June saw the publication of the APPG’s report, ‘Brexit: Voices of the UK Fishing Industry’, co-funded by The Seafarers’ Charity and The Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust, which showcased voices from across the UK industry speaking about the impact of Brexit on their livelihoods. Significant financial losses were a common experience for respondents, with fears widely expressed for the long-term viability of individual businesses, fishing fleets and other parts of the industry.

Respondents recommended various actions the government should take to support the industry, including investing in infrastructure and new markets at home and abroad, and ensuring effective and inclusive management of domestic stocks.

To complement and build on the report, the APPG subsequently interviewed a number of its parliamentary members from four political parties. Their views on the importance of the fishing industry to the UK, and how government and policy can help the industry to thrive, have now been compiled in a new video, ‘A Post-Brexit Future for UK Fishing’.

APPG chair Sheryll Murray said: “The strength of the APPG on Fisheries lies in its cross-party nature, with the needs of fishers, coastal communities and other marine stakeholders taking precedence over party politics. This timely video, bringing together voices from several different parties on how to support UK fishing for the benefit of all, provides a fantastic illustration of this.”

The video, along with the report, can be found here.

Marine spatial planning will be the subject of the next event of the APPG on Fisheries, which will take a different format to past APPG events, ‘with a strong focus on discourse and inclusivity’. The event, which is open to all, will take place principally online from 10am to 12pm on Wednesday, 30 November.

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