Please find below a statement, which has been signed off by Minister for Environment, Deputy John Young.
“On Monday 15 March, the Minister for the Environment, Deputy John Young, chaired a meeting on which was open to all members of Jersey’s fishing and aquaculture industries, and which was also attended by the Assistant Minister for the Environment, Deputy Gregory Guida; Minister for External Relations, Senator Ian Gorst; the Chair of the Environment Scrutiny Panel, Constable Mike Jackson; the Deputy of Grouville, Carolyn Labey; and the Deputy of St Martin, Steve Luce.
The meeting was part of ongoing efforts to address the significant challenges facing the industries following the UK’s exit from the EU and Single Market on 1 January 2021. Topics discussed included the difficulties involved in landing of fisheries products in French ports, particularly live bivalve molluscs; the future licensing of vessels in accordance with the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement; access to waters; and support for the industry following Brexit and in view of the ongoing Covid-19 challenge.
Attendees agreed that further clarification was needed on French landing arrangements for Jersey catches. The meeting also agreed that discussions should continue on the exact nature of support that can be provided to assist the industry in addressing current challenges, and how market opportunities may be maintained and enhanced in the future.
The meeting welcomed the open and constructive discussions between Ministers, officials and the local fisheries industry, and while a comprehensive solution was not reached, it was agreed that a further meeting would take place before Easter to ensure these mutual objectives were progressed in a single forum involving all interested stakeholders.
In the intervening period, Government of Jersey officials, from Marine Resources, Local Economy and External Relations, will continue to liaise with industry and French authorities on a regular basis to provide support and assistance on specific matters as they arise. Ongoing support will continue to include assistance with paperwork, sometimes in real time; addressing water classification issues; helping to ensure that, where Jersey vessels meet new landing requirements, their catches are accepted into French ports, and liaising with French officials to this end; and having support packages ready to use as and when need is demonstrated.”
Government of Jersey News Release.