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Update on fishing licence numbers issued by the UK and Crown Dependencies

Statement made on 15 December 2021

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Statement

This statement provides an update on the written ministerial statement made on 3 November 2021.

It sets out the number of fishing licences issued by the UK and the Crown Dependencies since the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) was signed on 24 December 2020. The information is correct as of 12.30 on 15 December 2021.

This statement now includes the number of licences issued for “direct replacement” vessels. Our approach for licensing replacement vessels will be published by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), which is the UK’s Single Issuing Authority, on GOV.UK.

Throughout this process, the UK’s approach has been evidence-based and in line with our commitments under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). We have licensed vessels where sufficient evidence has been provided that demonstrates that a vessel qualifies for access under the TCA. Where that evidence has not been provided, licences have not been issued.

UK waters

The number of licences that have been issued to EU vessels to fish in UK waters are as follows.

UK overall total

Applications received

Applications approved

Applications not approved

1,871

1,822

49

UK 12-200nm zone

The majority of licences were granted on 31 December 2020 with 1,285 EU vessels licensed. The numbers below are accurate as of 13 December 2021.

Applications received: 1,669

Vessels licensed: 1,669

By Member State:

Member State

Applications received

Licences issued

Applications not approved

Belgium

64

64

0

Denmark

120

120

0

France

736

736

0

Germany

49

49

0

Republic of Ireland

355

355

0

Lithuania

2

2

0

Netherlands

194

194

0

Poland

2

2

0

Portugal

49

49

0

Spain

90

90

0

Sweden

8

8

0

UK 6-12nm zone

Vessels over 12m

Applications received: 109

Applications approved: 106

Vessels currently licensed: 99

By Member State:

Member State

Applications received

Licences issued

Approved but unallocated or withdrawn

Applications not approved

Belgium

21

18

1

2

France

88

81

6

1

Vessels under 12m

Applications received: 50

Applications approved: 20

Vessels licensed: 19

By Member State:

Member State

Applications received

Licences issued

Approved but unallocated or withdrawn

Applications not approved

France

50

19

1

30

Direct replacement vessels

Applications received: 43

Applications approved: 27

Vessels licensed: 27

By Member State:

Member State

Applications received

Licences issued

Applications not approved

Belgium

2

1

1

France

41

26

15

Crown Dependency waters

Licensing figures for the Crown Dependencies are as follows:

Jersey

Total applications

Full licences issued

Temporary licences granted. Valid until 31/1/22.

Further information from the Commission/Member State required if they are to become full licences.

Lapsed on 30/10 due to lack of evidence

217

130

33

54

Jersey has also received 11 applications for replacement vessels, which are pending until the methodology is finalised.

Guernsey

Total applications

Full licences issued

Approved but unlicensed applications as the vessel is no longer active

Applications not approved

58

40

3 - these will be issued to replacement vessels in due course

15

Guernsey’s transitional arrangement which allows 167 French vessels including those that have now been issued with a full licence, to continue fishing on a temporary basis, will remain until 31 January 2022.

Isle of Man: no applications received.