Jacob Young, MP for Redcar announced earlier this year that he was sitting on the committee for the new UK Fisheries Bill, a matter of high importance to many of his constituents.
Today, the bill was officially passed into law, which Mr. Young says, "enshrines our status as an independent coastal state." This marks the UK's first domestic fisheries legislation to be passed into law in almost 40 years.
The main points of the law are proof of a new commitment to sustainability, preventing over-fishing and exploitation of fish stock. This will create prospects for future fishing opportunities, as well as helping to drive economic growth in our coastal communities.
The key aims of the bill ensure that EU vessels' automatic rights to fish in UK waters is removed, sensitive marine species are protected and foreign boats will need to have a license to be able to fish in UK waters, and must adhere to UK rules. These measures are just some of many.
The act allows the UK to take back control of it's waters, up to 200 nautical miles and is welcome news for our local representative. The law will come into effect from 31st December 2020.