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Beyond 12 nautical miles, the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy provides any member state’s vessels with access to all member states’ waters. However they can only fish in waters where they have fishing opportunities.

Within 12 nautical miles, we would expect to agree with other member states that vessels from other member states (including the rest of the UK) with historic fishing rights should be able to continue fishing in Scottish waters, and vice versa.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.