Fisheries Act 2020–snapshot
Produced in partnership with Sunyana Sharma of 3 Paper Buildings and Dr Tagbo Ilozue of 3 PB Barristers

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Sunyana Sharma of 3 Paper Buildings and Dr Tagbo Ilozue of 3 PB Barristers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Fisheries Act 2020–snapshot
  • Objectives
  • Planning of fisheries management
  • Joint Fisheries Statements
  • Fisheries management plans
  • Quotas
  • Duty to consult
  • Effect of the statements and plans
  • Review of the statements and plans
  • Licensing fishing activities
  • More...

Fisheries Act 2020–snapshot

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Entry into force23 November 2020 (received Royal Assent on this date, but section 54 of the Act made provision for a delayed entry into force of certain sections and schedules. Since 1 March 2021 all parts of the Act have been in force)

This Practice Note provides a snapshot of some of the key provisions in the Fisheries Act 2020 (FiA 2020), which has been described as the UK’s first domestic fisheries legislation in 40 years.

The FiA 2020 sets out provisions in relation to fisheries, fishing, aquaculture and marine conservation, establishing a new legal framework for the regulation of fisheries in the UK and empowering the government to make detailed secondary legislation for the same purpose.

Further, on the implementation period completion date, the EU provisions of the FiA 2020 came into force, bringing an end to the UK’s membership of the Common Fisheries Policy and the automatic rights for EU vessels to fish in UK waters. Therefore, since 31 December 2020, the government has the power to exercise complete control over who is permitted to fish in UK waters.


The legislation is aimed at ensuring that fisheries are managed so as to achieve or contribute to the achievement of the following eight objectives:

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