RYEDALE’S MP has welcomed a new historic fisheries agreement that has been signed with Norway.

Conservative MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, Kevin Hollinrake, backed the deal and said it highlighted the government’s commitment to future cooperation in securing a responsible management of our seas.

The Fisheries Framework Agreement signed by Environment Secretary, George Eustice, and Norwegian Fisheries Minister, Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, means that the UK and Norway will hold annual negotiations on the issues of access to waters and quotas.

The news comes as the Fisheries Bill, which confirms the government’s commitment to sustainable fishing for future generations, makes its way through the House of Commons.

Mr Hollinrake said: “This is really fantastic news for Filey fishermen, who are understandably worried about their future.

“Each year, the UK fishing fleet lands some £32 million worth of fish from Norwegian waters. This year, for the first time in over 40 years, we will be negotiating fishing opportunities as an independent coastal state. It is a clear sign of how, as we leave the EU’s Commons Fisheries Policy and restore the UK’s status as an independent maritime nation, it will be coastal communities like ours which will feel the benefits.

“As we build back better after coronavirus, I know this Conservative government will put communities like ours in Thirsk, Malton and Filey at the heart of its plans to level up the whole country.”

Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “I am delighted that a Framework Fisheries Agreement with Norway has been successfully secured. The agreement is testament to our commitment to acting as a cooperative independent coastal state, seeking to ensure a sustainable and a prosperous future for the whole of the UK fishing industry.

“I pay tribute to our Norwegian counterparts for the constructive approach they adopted throughout these negotiations, and we look forward to working with them closely in the coming years.”