The fish processing sector in the UK is currently facing further devastation following the contradictory statements on what constitutes EU waters. At present, Norwegian vessels fishing in EU waters and landing mackerel in the UK are claiming 20 % in import duty. More than 50 % of the UK pelagic quota was landed in Norway in 2011, where no duty was imposed. According to the UK Customs Authority (HMRC), fish caught in EU or UK waters do not attract import duty when landed in the UK.
Could the Commission clarify the legal definition of EU waters?