Though there still is no Brexit deal, time is ticket closer. Though the UK and the EU

reached an agreement in 2018 on the conditions for Brexit, the UK parliament did n

ot approve the agreement, though then Prime Minister Theresa May attempted three times to pass the Brexit deal that she had negotiated with Brussels through a deeply divided UK Parliament – finally leading to her resignation as Prime Minister as she could see no way forward in ensuring that the deal with the EU went through.

Michael Harte, Oregon State University

Her successor Boris Johnson has approached the issue differently, offering a “do or die” approach to Brexit with the 31st of October 2019 as its deadline for leaving the EU, with or without a formal agreement in place with the EU. Such a formal agreement is for many of utmost importance, as it outlines among others what will happen to UK citizens that are currently living elsewhere in the EU and, equally, what will happen to EU citizens that are currently living in the UK. The deal also outlines how to avoid the return of a physical border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, since, with the UK leaving the EU, this border will then become an EU-UK border.

What does this have to do with fisheries and ? We know this is something fishers and politicians think about – and the French minister of agriculture, Didier Guillaume, has already warned Johnson in July 2019 against banning European boats from Britain’s fisheries in a UK EEZ, stating that “There is no scenario in which French fishermen should be prevented, could be prevented, would be prevented by Boris Johnson, from fishing in British waters,” .

Rachel Tiller from SINTEF Ocean, along with colleague Michael Harte, George Kailis and

The EEZ of the United Kingdom and also of the Isle of Man and of the Channel Islands (the Bailiwicks of Jersey and of the Islands of Guernsey). Credit: By Kentynet (talk) – I (Kentynet (talk)) created this work entirely by myself, based on information taken from United Kingdom+Territories EEZs.png and with the map edited from BlankMap-Europe-v4.png, CC BY 3.0, 

Merrick Burden, has considered this in a recently published article on the implications for EU and UK fisheries in ICES entitled Countering a climate of instability: the future of relative stability under the Common Fisheries Policy 

In a comment to the Huffington post, the corresponding author of this article where

SINTEF Ocean researcher Rachel Tiller is a co-author, fisheries policy expert at Oregon State University, Michael Harte, stated that In a worst case scenario these stocks could be decimated as each country refuses to recognize fishing quotas imposed by the other.Michael Harte, fisheries policy expert at Oregon State University”

The article discusses European fisheries as Brexit approaches, which may change fisheries management and governance in the Northeast Atlantic as we know it. The article sets out a series of arguments for why the status quo situation for the governance of European Union fisheries, especially for shared Northeast Atlantic fisheries, with the advent of a likely EEZ around the UK, could be

challenged on sustainability.

At stake is confidence in, and support for the management of the regions shared fisheries, the economic viability of fisheries and sustainability of stocks – as both Brexit and environmental stressors make their impact on fisheries in the North East Atlantic.