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In data: what are Britain’s fisheries gaining from Brexit?

Bigger quotas, but greater market risk—here’s what our new relationship means for the seafood industry

By David McAllister   April 2021

Britain has finally said “so along, and thanks for all the fish” to the European Union.

For many fisheries, the UK’s allotted EU quota (or Total Allowable Catch) was long a source of grievance over our bloc membership. As Boris Johnson brokered our new trading agreement in December, he went to the wire over fish: there was much trumpeting of a 25 per cent increase in quotas over five years. When this is broken down—highlighted here are changes for important species within particular quota zones—it seems like catches really are set to be appreciably bigger by 2026. So…

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