Supporting Hastings' Fishermen

The fishing industry is invaluable to our local economy, it provides skilled employment, and it is an intrinsic part of the culture and heritage of our communities throughout Hastings and Rye.

The Government is committed to withdrawing from the Common Fisheries Policy when the UK leaves the EU in order to put a new fisheries regime in place. I am working with local fishermen and colleagues in Government to help secure a sustainable future for our fisheries, which gives our fishermen the fair share of quota they need and deserve.

I am glad that our fishermen our now receiving a greater share of quota than previously, but I will now fight for the full recognition of the Coastal PO to manage the under 10m sector and will support our fishermen in getting the best possible deal after our departure from the European Union.



Hastings Observer Column - 21 June

Since my very first day as your MP I have said I will do everything I can to support our fleets.

Our fishermen are now getting more quota than 2010, but there needs to be an even bigger increase.

Hastings Observer Column - 29 March

The identity of both Hastings and Rye are tied up in our fishing history. Both towns have historic fishing fleets, with Hastings being the largest beach launched fleet in Europe and both being Cinque Ports.

Hastings Observer Column 20 July

Since I was first elected as the MP for Hastings and Rye in 2010, I have made it my priority to ensure we get a fairer deal for our fishermen who have struggled for too long under the Common Fisheries Policy and are greatly limited by their quotas.

Local fishermen get post-Brexit assurance

On 13 July, Amber Rudd MP and local fishermen met with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, to discuss how the industry would be affected following Britain’s departure from the European Union.


Last weekend, local MP Amber Rudd enjoyed the Midsummer Fish Festival with many other residents. The Festival was introduced after the success of the Seafood and Wine Festival and Herring Fair. 


When I was first elected in 2010, I carefully chose the subject for my Maiden Speech which is always a terrifying moment for an MP. I chose to make it about jobs - of the present and the future - and specifically about protecting our fishing industry.