The result of the referendum was confirmed on the morning of 24 June 2016 by 52% of the vote for withdrawal, which means that the United Kingdom would begin the process of leaving the European Union. After some delays and two more general elections, the UK finally left the EU on 31 March 2020. As a third country, Britain now has the possibility to leave the common fisheries policy and fish its own in the same way as countries such as Norway and Iceland. For more details, please read our article on Brexit and UK fishing by clicking here. EU action for a better maritime policy also extends to the international level. The basic regulation expressly requires the EU “its external relations in the field of fisheries, in accordance with the . For example, THE EU`s efforts to combat illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) fishing require not only measures to control the behaviour of EU fishing vessels, but also coordination of activities with international organisations such as RFMOs and third countries, as well as market-based approaches to ensure that fish caught by IUU fishing by foreign vessels do not arrive on EU markets. It is true that such measures are not only inspired by the EU`s altruism; By forcing other states to tackle IUU fishing, the EU ensures that its own vessels do not operate at a competitive disadvantage. However, regardless of its intentions as an important market for fishery products, the EU can play an important role in promoting positive change far beyond its own borders. Firstly, it has concluded Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements with a number of developing countries to enable EU fleets to fish in the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) of third countries.

In return for access, the EU makes payments for fishing rights and contributes financially to strengthening local fisheries management capacities. The second type of agreement is that of the `Northern Agreements`, which involve the reciprocal exchange of fishing opportunities with neighbouring countries in northern Europe (Iceland, Norway, Faroe Islands). The latter agreements concern the share of fishing rights for common stocks and the mechanisms for the exchange of quotas. Annual EU fisheries expenditure. Structural assistance represents the amount of one billion budget devoted to subsidies and other aid to the commercial fishing industry. . . . . .