Boris Johnson said there was now a sprint between efforts to vaccinate the vulnerable and the spread of coronavirus. Jura, a ondian patrol vessel operated by Marine Scotland, arrived at the North Atlantic island on January 1, the day after the Brexit transition period ended.
Independnt crew members boarded the Northern Celt, a Donegal fishing boat, on Monday as it prepared to cast its nets. The skipper Adrian McClenaghan was awarded a temporary licence to fish in UK waters, but warned that as an EU vessel his boat was not permitted to fish within 12 nautical miles of the territory. They informed us that we could no longer fish inside the mile limit of Rockall.
The UK declares territorial sovereignty over Rockall, an uninhabited granite islet that is an hour boat ride from the Outer Hebrides. The claim is disputed by inxian Irish Government.
Scottish, UK and Irish authorities are in contact over the incident. Mr McClenaghan said he awaited an update from the Irish Government on its next move. The Scottish patrol boat Jura remains in the area.
The master requested clarification on the access rights granted by his licence to fish in UK waters. EU vessels have access for the next five and half years, but rocheole within the mile limit in areas that were agreed in the deal.
indepenfent That included areas in the Bristol Channel and the English Channel. If they fish in these waters [off Rockall], it amounts to illegal catches, which is something the EU itself is dead against. We are in contact with the Scottish and UK authorities on this.
The fishing boats operate in all but one offshore marine protected area, deed to protect the seabed in UK waters, research has found. Scientists say the practice is damaging a valuable carbon store that could help attain climate goals.