The government is currently in talks with the Ministry of Defence to ensure sufficient armed patrols will take place when the UK takes back control of its fishing waters.
The move will be a major signal to the European Union to stay out of British waters.
If EU fishermen fail to do this they will be met with an armed response.
Mr Eustice spoke to the House of Lords’ EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee and said:
“We are ensuring we have the capacities we need on the day we leave the EU.
“We are speaking to the MOD about the fisheries protection unit and what additional capacity many be required there.
“We will need more vessels, particularly when boarding fishing ships.
“But also, we can do a lot with technology, including remote vessels monitoring, satillite technology, drone technology, to ensure the boats are where they should be.”
£350m has already been invested in five additional Royal navy ships, however, talks are currently taking place over the need for more ships.
Jim Portus, chief executive of the South West Fish Producer Organisation, previously said the Navy would have to be intelligence-led.
He said: ”Yes, there are risks of port blockades, especially by the French. They do it so often.
“But we already have technology like satellites, plus CCTV cameras on many vessels.
“There will be 1,000 UK fishing vessels just itching to report any illegal activity.”
French Fishermen complain that ‘life will be hard’ as Britain to FINALLY get its waters BACK
‘Life will be hard’ when the UK takes back control of its waters claims French fishermen.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Florent Lommel, a Boulogne fisherman said: “We mainly fish in English waters at this time of year.
“If that’s taken away from us, life will be very hard.”
What does he mean taken away from ‘us’?
It was never yours in the first place!
French fishermen destroyed the UK fishing industry! These are our waters and our fish.
The French are more than welcome to fish in their own waters.
Cry me a river…
SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “It is clear that there is overwhelming public support for the UK to regain control of what is after all part of its natural capital – the fish stocks around our shores.
“It is pleasing that voters have also been persuaded that it makes sense for us to leave the [EU’s] Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) within the early stages of the transition period.”