Brexit and our seas
Brexit as a whole will be enormously complicated. Laws and measures related to fisheries and environment are complex areas in themselves.
For fisheries, we are clear on the absolute need for effective legislation and fisheries agreements.
We are collaborating with several partners to define what Brexit will mean for our seas, and to devise the best course of action to ensure that these are achieved.
What have we done so far?
We made our recommendations clear with this letter, sent to all major UK political parties shortly after last year’s snap election (June 2017)
We sent a letter on “UK fisheries and the marine environment after we exit the EU” to Defra ministers (July 2017).
We provided parties with details of the Greener UK manifesto, which we support alongside many partner charities.
This adds the weight of a huge constituency of supporters who are as keen as we are to tackle today’s environmental threats and to keep laws to protect nature strong.
What are we calling on the governments of the UK and devolved nations?
Complete an ecologically coherent network of well-managed marine protected areas in UK seas, with fishing and other activities restricted where they could be damaging.
Ensure that UK fisheries are underpinned by essential elements of sustainable fisheries management. Read the briefing we collaborated on with the Greener UK coalition.
Ensure sustainable UK fisheries and aquaculture. Read our paper “Delivering sustainable fisheries management, A sustainable future for UK seas”.
Introduce a deposit return system for single-use drinks containers and a comprehensive ban on microbeads to significantly reduce marine litter.
Actions you can take
Did you know?…
Last year governments, councils and their agencies changed their policies or acted on our advice almost once a week
Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas
Help protect 40% of English seas
Let the government know they must protect our ocean and marine wildlife before it’s too late.