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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell MP raised the matter of the replacement of the Common Fisheries Policy in the House of Commons recently.  He emphasised that different ports will have different priorities. North Shields supports an inshore fishing fleet with prawns the main fishery. This makes protection of the 12 mile limit crucial to the economic health of the quay and fishermen.  

 

He also raised concerns regarding the export of prawns. He said, “North shields exports 95% of the prawns landed to the continent.  The prawns are not processed or frozen, they have five days from being landed on the quayside to get onto the table.  At present the MMO issues around 300 certificates to export to non-EU countries.  If every lorry that goes to France, Spain or Italy requires a certificate it is estimated that 21,000 certificates would be needed, this would be a disaster for the prawn industry in North Shields.”

 

He asked the Minister what plan the Government has when we exit the Common Fisheries Policy. 

MP raises export concerns in Annual Fisheries Debate

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell MP raised the matter of the replacement of the Common Fisheries Policy in the House of Commons recently.  He emphasised that different ports will have different...

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is urging interested parties to take part in the Labour Party Fishing Consultation.

In November, Labour Friends of Fishing was launched to make sure the voices of our fishing communities are heard and this consultation has been set up to do just that.

Alan Campbell said “I invited the Shadow Fisheries Minister Holly Lynch MP to North Shields Fish Quay this summer to see at first hand the importance of our local fisheries.  

North Shields is England’s biggest prawn port and more than 90% of prawns landed at North Shields are taken by lorry for sale on the Continent.  The prawns are not processed or frozen, they are fresh and have to be delivered within 5 days.  So access to markets is vital and exporters would not welcome additional bureaucracy, licences or tariffs.

For our area, fishing is one of the most emotive and important parts of the Brexit debate and it is important local people have their say.”

Click here for the consultation document.

Have your say on Fishing

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is urging interested parties to take part in the Labour Party Fishing Consultation. In November, Labour Friends of Fishing was launched to make sure the voices...

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell spoke in the fishing debate in the House of Commons on the 8th December.  He raised concern over the availability of funding for infrastructure repair to the quay. He highlighted a report that found the condition of the quay required between £6 and £8 million to be spent on infrastructure repair.

He stressed the dilemma of those who make the repairs.  He asked “Does North Shields Fish Quay make a bid? As a private company, it would be able to access only 50% of funding or does the Port of Tyne do it? Until funding is made available and repairs are done fishermen are being prevented from going about their daily business.”

Given his concerns Alan wrote to the Fisheries Minister to look into the matter with some urgency, and asked if funding would be available after we leave the common fisheries policy.

MP raises concerns about Fish Quay in Parliament

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell spoke in the fishing debate in the House of Commons on the 8th December.  He raised concern over the availability of funding for infrastructure repair to...


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