Please find link here and below to updated guidance from the SFPA for Irish Vessels fishing in the United Kingdom EFZ and UK Vessels Fishing in Irish EFZ.
**Important update 08 Jan 2021 on access to 0-6 zones**
The Commission’s Task Force has advised that under the EU / UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the Voisinage arrangement which allows Irish registered vessels access to 0-6nm zone in Northern Ireland and for vessels owned and operated in NI to fish in IRL 0-6nm zone, is valid.
The EU Commission interpretation of EU-UK TCA, is that whilst Voisinage arrangements may continue, such fishing access to the 0-6 zone of an EU MS requires specific authorisation. Northern Ireland vessels that wish to fish in the Irish 0-6 zone under Voisinage arrangements set out in the Sea-Fisheries Amendment Act, 2019) require authorisation issued from the relevant UK fishery authority in accordance with EU SMEFF regulation 2017/2043.
**Additional update 15 Jan 2021 on access to 0-6 zones**
Ireland has clarified that the UK similarly requires authorisation of Irish vessels to fish in the Northern Ireland 0-6nm zone under Voisinage arrangements. Irish vessels seeking such authorisation should contact DAFM at email@example.com