Brexit means Scots fishermen ‘will keep more of their catch’

Scottish fishermen have welcomed an announcement that they will be allowed to keep more of their catch after Brexit
Scottish fishermen have welcomed an announcement that they will be allowed to keep more of their catch after Brexit
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Scotland’s fishermen will be able to keep more of the fish they catch in UK waters following Brexit, ministers have announced.

More than half of the fish are currently landed by trawlers from the rest of the European Union (EU).

But Fisheries Minister George Eustice has confirmed there will be an overhaul of the quotas when Britain leaves the European Union.

He said regaining control of Britain’s 200-nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), more than half of which is around Scotland, will mean a fairer deal.

His comments have been welcomed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), which said there needed to be a fairer distribution of resources.

Mr Eustice said: “It’s pretty clear that Brexit can be a good deal for British fishermen because we regain control. The equation is that they have one million tonnes of UK fish and we get about 150,000 tonnes of fish of various species.

“There are areas we would hope to get a better deal, particularly with cod and plaice. The truth is that things will change in a very fundamental way.”