04 Apr '18, 3pm
Interesting perspective on BREXIT and future fisheries management @mcsuk
Since the UK joined the EEC 40 years ago, commercial fishing has clearly not always been at the top of political priorities, but the perception of fisheries and the wider marine environment that they depend upon has changed. Fishing and humans are recognised as part of the whole marine environment and it’s understood now that this cannot be only valued in terms of GDP. Commercial fisheries exploit a wild, public resource, produce food for millions and support livelihoods of thousands. Fishing is also inextricably linked to, and impacts upon, an environment that is critical for an array of services that we depend upon every day and take for granted, such as the air we breathe, our climate, nutrient and energy cycling, and the enjoyment many of us receive from interacting with the sea in some way, shape or form. The traditional overexploitation of our fisheries resources and...