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 Hastings and Rye communities. 

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.



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.


Last Wednesday on 13 June, local MP Amber Rudd spoke to Minister David Rutley about consultation on the third tranche of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ).

A brighter future for local fishermen

On Monday, the UK began the process of leaving the London Fisheries Convention which gives vessels from five European countries access to our fishing waters.

Hastings Fishing Fleet

Since being elected as your MP nearly six years ago, a priority for me has been to help secure a successful future for our town’s fishing fleet.