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Update on fishing rights from Environment Minister

03 February 2020

John Young

The Environment Minister, Deputy John Young, has issued the following statement on fishing rights:

“On Friday, the States of Guernsey announced regulations requiring EU vessels to obtain a licence from them before fishing in Guernsey Waters.

”These regulations do not cover Jersey Waters, or Jersey vessels licensed to fish in Guernsey Waters, nor do they affect French fishing vessels’ access to Jersey Waters. Access by fishing vessels is covered by Jersey legislation and the Bay of Granville Agreement, which remain in force regardless of the UK’s exit from the EU on Friday.

“The Bay of Granville Agreement is currently being reviewed and that work is ongoing. It will take into careful consideration the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU, as well as the views of the fishing industry.

“I will continue to work together with the Minister for External Relations, our fishing industry, and with all neighbouring jurisdictions, to ensure that the right management measures are in place to protect and conserve our marine resources and to ensure that we maintain a sustainable fishery, at the same time as conserving the quality of our valuable marine environment.”

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