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  • No-take zones plan

    15th July 2019

    DEFRA plans highly protected MPAs All fishing will be banned in new zones DEFRA is planning to introduce a number of highly protected marine areas (HPMAs), in which all fishing, and any other activity that could potentially damage marine species…

  • N Sea cod in trouble

    N Sea cod in trouble

    6th July 2019

    CES advises huge cut in N Sea cod TAC ‘Hammer blow’ says Scottish leader ICES is advising that the North Sea cod TAC should be cut by almost two-thirds in 2020 to achieve MSY, reports Tim Oliver The 64% cut…

  • Bid to ditch FQAs

    Bid to ditch FQAs

    1st July 2019

    Fisheries bill change aims to end FQAs NFFO paper warns of dangers of change An amendment to the fisheries bill currently passing through parliament seeks to end the fixed quota allocation (FQA) UK quota system that has been in place…

  • U10 E-recording changes

    U10 E-recording changes

    24th June 2019

    U10 e-catch recording to be phased in Changes to original proposal Electronic catch recording for English and Welsh under-10m vessels is planned to start in mid-August – but it will be phased in, instead of applying to the whole fleet…

  • Public Notice (East Anglia): Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing

    20th June 2019

    NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL SECTION 56 OF THE PLANNING ACT 2008 GREAT YARMOUTH THIRD RIVER CROSSING, GREAT YARMOUTH NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER REGULATION 8 OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (APPLICATIONS: PRESCRIBED FORMS AND PROCEDURE) REGULATIONS 2009…

  • Rockall limits row

    Rockall limits row

    18th June 2019

    Scotland claims sovereignty over Rockall waters Irish vessels told they are fishing illegally Scotland and Ireland are in conflict over fishing rights around Rockall, after the Scottish government said it would take enforcement action against Irish vessels fishing inside the…

  • Discards ban is working – Unwanted catches are being reduced

    Discards ban is working – Unwanted catches are being reduced

    10th June 2019

    Skippers fishing more selectively The discards ban is reducing unwanted catches as fishermen modify their gear and fishing to fish more selectively, reports Tim Oliver But concerns remain about the dangers of choke species closing fisheries early, and the industry…

  • Shellfish fleet warning

    Shellfish fleet warning

    3rd June 2019

    ‘Shellfish fleet growth must be stopped’ Strong demand and high prices for shellfish are driving an unsustainable increase in catching capacity in the shellfish fleet that must be addressed, reports Tim Oliver This was the warning voiced by shellfish sector…