Rethinking how fishery allocations are awarded

The High Court has ruled that fishery allocations are possessions but fish stocks are not. The decision is likely to favour those who would like to see radical changes to fishery practices and may affect other policy areas

Richard Macrory, professor of environmental law, University College LondonMajor reforms of the EU Common Fisheries Policy were agreed in principle by the European parliament and council last May. The High Court’s decision will strengthen the hand of the government in making changes

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