Move to sustainable fishing could generate £319 million for UK GDP and 5,100 new jobs
Oceana released a new socio-economic report today, which finds that the UK is losing out on the opportunity for more food, jobs and money from its fisheries. The findings, presented at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), reveal a possible 27% rise in fish catches (153,000 tonnes more) for the UK fishing fleet, 5,100 full-time jobs for the fishing sector and wider economy and a £319 million boost to UK GDP.
“The future of UK fisheries is bright if the UK rebuilds fish stocks to their full potential and transitions to sustainable fishing. The UK could catch over 150,000 tonnes more fish every year. There will be more food, jobs and money if we just follow a simple recipe: set catch limits according to scientific advice and not politics, protect essential fish habitats where fish breed and grow, and end destructive fishing practices”, said Lasse Gustavsson, executive director of Oceana Europe.
The fish recovery report analysed the 75 most economically-important species for the UK, uncovering the business opportunities behind rebuilding fish stocks to their maximum sustainable yield (MSY). For the UK, fishing stocks at scientifically-recommended limits in order to ensure their long-term environmental and economic viability would bring the following benefits:
“The fisheries debate is in full swing following Brexit. Tough Brexit negotiations on fisheries are just around the corner. The UK should not miss this opportunity to secure a more sustainable fishing future”, Gustavsson added.
The release of today’s report marks a new chapter in Oceana’s trajectory. With over 15 years’ presence in some of the world’s biggest fishing nations, Oceana’s new office in central London will help to reinforce its marine research and policy and advocacy work in the UK, as part of its global mission to save the oceans and feed the world.
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