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EU owned fishing vessels re-registered in the United Kingdom. .

William Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Sea Fish Industry Authority

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Dear Sea Fish Industry Authority,
Many EU-owned fishing vessels have re-registered in the UK, becoming administratively British. This enables such vessels to fish, legally, from UK quota's, a consequence of which is that UK fishermen have to suffer quotas and species, reduced by the proportion taken by the re-registered vessels.
In the past, as much as 40% of Scottish annual quotas have been lost to these vessels; I have been unable to source the data for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Do plans exist for the rescinding of UK registration of these vessels after December 31st 2020?
If such a plan does not exist, kindly explain the justification for allowing the re-registrations to continue.

William Smith.
07938 733293

Dear Sea Fish Industry Authority,
I wish to inform you that I am awaiting a response to my Freedom Of Information Request; "EU owned Fishing Vessels Re-registered in the United Kingdom" By law, the Authority should have responded promptly with slight delay owing to the impact of corona virus. The Authority will fully understand the implications of EU27 vessels still having their previous right to fish from UK waters given their past impact on the UK fishing community; fish stocks, sustainability, quotas, income, unemployment, vessel mortgage repayments and, consequentially, family and business life.
I would request that justified focus be given to this FOI request.

Yours faithfully,

William Smith

Michael Dick, Sea Fish Industry Authority

Dear Mr Smith

Thank you for your email of 16 June 2020 seeking information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 relating to:

• Registration of EU Fishing vessels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
• Plans or otherwise to rescind the registration of these vessels after 31 December 2020.

Seafish is not responsible for these matters and therefore does not hold any material that is relevant to your request. I would recommend that you contact the Marine Management Organisation on [email address] and they may be able to assist you with your request.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to apologies for the delay in responding to your request and that we are unable to help with you in this instance.

In the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me if we can assist you with any other matters.

Kind regards,


Michael Dick
Head of Finance | Finance
T: 0131 524 8672 | M: 07943 094 567
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