Towards managing the United Kingdom’s fisheries: a Brexit view from Scotland

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Brexit, the UK’s planned withdrawal from the EU, has significant implications for UK fisheries, potentially creating both opportunities and challenges regarding future governance of some of the most important fisheries in the EU. This paper presents findings of discussions with key industry representatives from two of Scotland’s largest ports – Peterhead and Fraserburgh. The views of these stakeholders give a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges provided by Brexit. Views are reported on the current management system, the importance of the EU as an export market and how industry stakeholders believe fisheries should be governed if the UK leaves the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Despite the view from stakeholders that the current distribution of fishing rights in UK waters is unbalanced, and the view that the CFP has moved from a positive to a negative for the industry, the implications of these results suggest that this part of the industry is not focussed solely on a quick removal from the CFP that returns 100% of fishing rights and control of UK waters, but instead seeks an improved management system that allows for the long term sustainability of the sector.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103709
Number of pages7
JournalMarine Policy
Early online date14 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019


  • Brexit
  • Common Fisheries Policy
  • Exclusive Economic Zone
  • Access
  • Governance
  • Fisheries management


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