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What would Brexit really mean for the UK fishing industry?

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JournalThe Conversation
DatePublished - 24 Mar 2016
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Original languageEnglish


Fish is as tasty and popular as ever, but no one seems to like the policies that regulate the industry behind it. For decades, European management of fisheries has been lambasted by fishers, conservationists and scientists, including us.

The centrepiece of this system, the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, is particularly unpopular. Some scientists even argue it is designed to fail. Opponents blame it for not only mismanaging Europe’s highly productive seas, but also for giving away “our fish”, with the subject recently taking centre stage in an unlikely viral Brexit campaign video.

You might think that the chance to take back control of the fish in UK seas would be one of the most solid reasons to vote “Out” in June’s referendum on EU membership. So what’s the catch?

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  • Fisheries, Fisheries management, Brexit, EU Referendum, common fisheries policy

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