Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has welcomed news that the UK has signed an historic fisheries agreement with Norway – the first of its kind in 40 years.
The Fisheries Framework Agreement was signed by UK Environment Secretary George Eustice and Norwegian Fisheries Minister Odd Emil Ingebrigsten.
It will mean the two independent coastal states will hold annual negotiations on access to waters and quotas.
Mr Duguid said the deal was a “significant step” towards the UK establishing itself as an independent coastal state for the first time in decades.
The Scottish Conservative MP said
I am sure this agreement will be welcomed by fishing communities across Banff and Buchan.
it is another significant step on our road to becoming an independent coastal state.
The deal shows the shared will of the UK and Norway to co-operate in mutually beneficial bilateral agreements.
There will be annual negotiations over access and quota, and we will seek to sustainably manage our marine resources.
This is exactly the kind of agreement the UK Government is working towards with the EU as we prepare to leave the Common Fisheries Policy at the end of this year.