• Under-10 e-catch reporting soon

    Under-10 e-catch reporting soon

    4th March 2019

    Consultation on U10 e-catch reporting Start in England and Wales by summer 2019 Mandatory electronic catch recording for the under-10m sector has moved a step closer with the launch of a consultation on the scheme by DEFRA/MMO and the Welsh…

  • Sea angling status fight

    Sea angling status fight

    25th February 2019

    ‘Anglers must not be equal to commercial fishermen’ – Inshore fishermen’s message to minister as fisheries bill debated Inshore fishermen’s groups are calling on fisheries minister George Eustice to reject moves by recreational angling interests to gain equal ‘stakeholder’ status with…

  • Pulse beaming banned

    Pulse beaming banned

    18th February 2019

    EU bans pulse beaming from July 2021 – 42 licences to be withdrawn this year Electric pulse beam trawling effort will be slashed by 50% this year, and the method will be banned from July 2021, reports Tim Oliver EU co-legislators…

  • Discards ban shambles

    Discards ban shambles

    11th February 2019

    Government ‘all at sea’ over discards ban – Lords report slams lack of preparation despite long phase-in The government is not in a position to implement or enforce the discards ban that is now in force for all quota species, reports…

  • Nominations for The Fishing News Awards 2019

    Nominations for The Fishing News Awards 2019

    7th February 2019

    Don’t miss out! With the closing date of midnight on 12th February fast approaching, there is still time to make your nominations for the people and businesses you feel have best represented the industry during 2018. With 14 categories to choose…

  • Reset quota shares

    Reset quota shares

    4th February 2019

    Brexit is one-off chance to change quota system. Inshore leader calls for revamp to help coastal communities. An inshore fishermen’s leader has spelled out that Brexit will provide the government with a one-off opportunity to completely reset the quota allocation system…

  • Life jackets law shock

    Life jackets law shock

    28th January 2019

    Lifejackets must be worn at sea – unless other measures and risk assessment in place It is now compulsory for all commercial fishermen to wear a lifejacket (‘personal flotation device’ – PFD) or use a safety harness at sea, unless a…

  • Brexit in turmoil

    Brexit in turmoil

    21st January 2019

    Landslide vote kills Brexit withdrawal bill No-deal exit or delay more likely The future of Brexit, and the future of the UK as an independent sovereign coastal state, looked highly uncertain after MPs crushed the EU withdrawal bill by a…

  • Crewing fight goes on

    Crewing fight goes on

    14th January 2019

    Cautious optimism that crewing law could change but Brexit hampering government work Crewing remains a serious problem for vessels working inside the 12-mile limit, but the changes in immigration law needed to improve the situation are being hampered because government…