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Fisheries: Iceland

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL9257, tabled on 15 October 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking (1) to improve, or (2) to restore, the UK’s former access after 31 December to fishing opportunities in Icelandic waters.

Answered on

29 October 2020

Defra officials are engaging regularly with their Icelandic counterparts across a wide variety of policy issues. Recent discussions have been very positive and have focused on enhancing bilateral fisheries cooperation between the UK and Iceland, building on the fisheries commitments within the UK-Iceland Joint Vision for 2030.

The discussions have also touched on other fisheries management matters within the North-East Atlantic. These have included the UK’s recent accession to Regional Fisheries Management Organisations such as the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC).

The UK’s relationship with Iceland is likely to evolve further as the UK goes forward as an independent coastal State.