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News announcement22 December 2021Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

EU and UK reach agreement on fishing opportunities for 2022

Fishing vessel © Eric Gevaert/Adobe Stock
Fishing vessel © Eric Gevaert/Adobe Stock

Yesterday, the EU and the UK reached an agreement on the fishing opportunities for 2022. This agreement covers all shared and jointly managed fisheries resources in UK and EU waters.

It is the outcome of the annual consultations on fishing opportunities between the EU and the UK under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), which took place between 11 November and 20 December.

The agreement on the management of shared stocks secures the fishing rights of the EU and the UK fleets in both EU and UK waters until the end of 2022, as foreseen under the TCA. It establishes the total allowable catches (TAC) for 65 shared fish stocks for 2022.

The agreement is based on the best available scientific advice regarding the state of fish stocks, as provided by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). It takes into account important sustainability and management principles, such as maximum sustainable yield (MSY) and the precautionary approach, which are central to the EU's common fisheries policy and to the fisheries provisions of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

Overall, the agreement creates certainty for fishing communities in both the EU and the UK, cements the sustainable use of marine living resources and establishes a strong basis for continued EU-UK cooperation in the area of fisheries

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Publication date
22 December 2021
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Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries