The comments made by George Eustice, the Secretary of State for the Environment, on 24 November 2020.
This is a huge moment for the UK fishing industry. This is the first domestic fisheries legislation in nearly 40 years, and we will now take back control of our waters out to 200 nautical miles or the median line.
The Fisheries Act makes clear our intention to continue to operate on the world stage as a leading, responsible, independent coastal State. We will protect our precious marine environment, whilst ensuring a fairer share of fishing opportunities for UK fishermen.
By swiftly responding to the latest scientific advice and needs of our fishing industries we will secure a thriving future for our coastal communities.