The modern British distant waters fishing fleet has a proud history, catching cod and haddock off Norway and Greenland for the nation's fish & chip shops
Cod and haddock are the UK’s nationwide favourite fish but our own waters don't have anything like enough of them to satisfy demand even for the fish & chips sold in our chippies. The most bountiful cod and haddock fisheries are in the northern distant waters such as the Barents Sea off northern Norway. British fishermen have been working there, some 1,500 miles from our own shores, for hundreds of years. If we lose our right to fish in these waters it would mean the loss of access to this natural asset; and it would mean even more of the fish for our national dish would have to be supplied by foreign boats or imported.