Key fishing stocks landed by Scottish fleet ‘will drop thanks to Brexit deal’

Key fishing stocks landed by the Scottish fleet are set to fall as a result of the Brexit fisheries deal, according to Scottish Government analysis.

The study suggests eight fish stocks will not present an increase in fishing opportunities, with ministers also claiming shares in five-and-a-half years’ time will still be less than their current equivalent.

Currently, the average UK landing percentage of total EU and UK quota combined for North Sea cod is 63.5{9fdcce03dc006ba6aefbae291db7d19e2674997f46d46055bf64c42b760b042b}.

However, the analysis says this will drop to 57{9fdcce03dc006ba6aefbae291db7d19e2674997f46d46055bf64c42b760b042b} – the maximum percentage of total EU and UK quota available to the UK – under the Brexit deal.

Similar decreases have been estimated for North Sea haddock (92.5{9fdcce03dc006ba6aefbae291db7d19e2674997f46d46055bf64c42b760b042b} to 84.2{9fdcce03dc006ba6aefbae291db7d19e2674997f46d46055bf64c42b760b042b}), Rockall haddock (88.4{9fdcce03dc006ba6aefbae291db7d19e2674997f46d46055bf64c42b760b042b} to 85{9fdcce03dc006ba6aefbae291db7d19e2674997f46d46055bf64c42b760b042b}), North Sea saithe (31.6{9fdcce03dc006ba6aefbae291db7d19e2674997f46d46055bf64c42b760b042b} to 26{9fdcce03dc006ba6aefbae291db7d19e2674997f46d46055bf64c42b760b042b}), North Sea whiting (82.7{9fdcce03dc006ba6aefbae291db7d19e2674997f46d46055bf64c42b760b042b} to 73.5{9fdcce03dc006ba6aefbae291db7d19e2674997f46d46055bf64c42b760b042b}) and North Sea hake (55.6{9fdcce03dc006ba6aefbae291db7d19e2674997f46d46055bf64c42b760b042b} to 53.6{9fdcce03dc006ba6aefbae291db7d19e2674997f46d46055bf64c42b760b042b}).

The figures remain the same both before and after the deal

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