The UK is considering using technology to ensure it keeps it fishing waters both sustainable and thriving after it regains freedom from the European Union fishermen by the end of the year.
The UK govt. has called on those who will be affected by the use of Remote Electronic Monitoring on fishing boats in English waters to come forward so they can be given a say, while stating that the monitoring technology is expected to improve the management of fisheries, providing better data on fish stocks and stopping overfishing.
The new initiative comes as Britain prepares for freedom from the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy which British fishermen claims have decimated their livelihoods – when the transition period ends by December 31.
“As we take back control of our fisheries, we want to ensure a sustainable and thriving fishing industry. Remote Electronic Monitoring technology could provide important information on the state of our fish stocks and help shape how we manage our fisheries in the future.
“We, therefore, want to hear from those who will be affected by its use and give them a say in how we manage our fisheries as an independent coastal state,” said Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis.
The technology which is already used on a voluntary basis by some fishing vessels only to show they are not wasting fishes involves automatic cameras, GPS, sensors and other monitoring gadgets.
The government’s call for different views on expanding the use of technology in English waters comes as the Prime Minister has repeatedly slammed the EU for demanding continues access to the UK waters.
“They want the continued ability to control our destiny and freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is completely unacceptable. Given that this summit appears to explicitly rule out a Canada-style deal, I think that we should ready for January 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia’s,” Mr Johnson said.
Fishing has been the major issues holding back the trade deal negotiations with the EU on a free trade agreement. While the UK has insisted it will hold the right to control who can fish in the English waters.
Even if the UK and the EU reach a deal before the end of the transition period, it could result in a lower fish quota for European fishermen, which include Britain’s previous offer of three-year buffer period to ease the impact of any reduction in the amount of fish that European boats can catch in British waters.
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron told the EU summit last Thursday that he will not allow French fishermen to be sacrificed for an agreement between Britain and Brussels.
“Under any circumstance, our fishermen should not be sacrificed for Brexit. If these conditions are not met, it’s possible we won’t have a deal. If the right terms can’t be found at the end of these discussions, we’re ready for a no-deal for our future relations,” Mr Macron said.