Berlin Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner has announced aid for German fisheries to mitigate the consequences of Brexit. “We have to support the fishermen, give them a hand in this difficult situation,” said the CDU politician on Friday.
The agreement between Great Britain and the European Union meant “painful cuts”. “I would have liked it to be significantly lower,” explained Klöckner.
Fishing rights in British waters were one of the main points of contention in the negotiations, which saw a breakthrough on Christmas Eve. According to the agreement, there is now a transition period of five and a half years with quota regulations and guaranteed access to fishing grounds.
Currently, almost all German herring catch in British waters is pulled out of the water. Half of the mackerel caught by German fishing boats come from the sea under British sovereignty.
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