• Shellfish boost plans

    Shellfish boost plans

    10th August 2020

    Shellfish group plans equality with whitefish and pelagic sectors Aim to end ‘poor cousin’ status The shellfish sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland remains ‘determined to break out of its poor cousin status by comparison with the attention given…

  • NTZs report slammed

    NTZs report slammed

    3rd August 2020

    Industry blasts report proposing NTZ network Green ‘zealots’ ignore fishermen’s livelihoods The English fishing industry has launched a lacerating attack on proposals to introduce highly protected marine areas (HPMAs) in England, in which all fishing and other activities would be…

  • Help to find CV aid

    Help to find CV aid

    27th July 2020

    Single contact to access CV support cash Federations and Mission simplify ‘daunting’ process The national fishing federations and Fishermen’s Mission have joined forces to try to ensure that all fishermen and vessel operators are aware of all financial help that…

  • Inshore action plan

    Inshore action plan

    20th July 2020

    FOIF sets out action plan for UK inshore fisheries Active fishermen on steering group Fishermen will be centrally involved in an action plan to fundamentally reform the management of UK inshore fisheries, reports Tim Oliver. The Future of Our Inshore…

  • EU plunders UK EEZ

    EU plunders UK EEZ

    13th July 2020

    EU vessels landing even more from UK waters Catches up 60% from 2011-2018 – UK up only 17% EU vessels have been increasing the amount of fish they catch in UK waters at a much faster rate than the UK’s…

  • Celebrating success key to building reputations

    Celebrating success key to building reputations

    11th July 2020

    Ellie St George-Yorke, head of maritime at reputation management agency Definition, explains how fishing companies can harness the value of positive communications With the events of the last few months, one can be in no doubt that when a crisis…

  • Foreign crews stranded

    Foreign crews stranded

    6th July 2020

    Covid-19 leaves non-EEA crewmen stuck No travel and no money for laid-off men A significant number of foreign fishermen from non-EEA countries working on transit visas have been left high and dry because of the Covid-19 crisis, and are currently…

  • N Sea cod fishing cut

    N Sea cod fishing cut

    29th June 2020

    N Sea cod cuts will hit Scots fleet Tight restrictions from 1 July Fishermen working in the northern North Sea look set to be hit next month with new restrictions aimed at protecting cod stocks, reports Tim Oliver. The European…

  • Gear war off Shetland

    Gear war off Shetland

    22nd June 2020

    MCA urged to act over Shetland gear conflict Spanish netter tries to foul Shetland trawler’s prop   Scottish fishermen are calling on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to urgently investigate and charge skippers who put lives in danger at…

  • No-fishing zones planned

    No-fishing zones planned

    16th June 2020

    No-take zones recommended in English waters Review group has ‘minimal engagement’ with fishing bodies Fishermen in England and Northern Ireland will be hit by more MPAs where all fishing will be banned if recommendations put to DEFRA go ahead. A…