• 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…

  • Fishermen’s Mission appeal

    Fishermen’s Mission appeal

    14th June 2020

    In place of the usual table donations to the Fishermen’s Mission at the awards evening, a Just Giving page has been created to allow those who wish to make a donation this year to do so. Kelsey Media has started…

  • More Scots inshore quota

    More Scots inshore quota

    8th June 2020

    £2m extra quota for Scots shellfishermen  Chance to diversify as shellfish markets lost  Scottish inshore fishermen who usually target shellfish have been awarded extra quota to allow them to access new fishing opportunities in the North Sea and west coast…



    1st June 2020

    ICES gives green light to pulse beaming ‘Less damaging’ than conventional beam trawling Leading international scientific fisheries body ICES says that electric pulse beam trawling is less damaging to the marine environment than conventional beam trawling, reports Tim Oliver. In…

  • Prawn market oversupplied

    Prawn market oversupplied

    25th May 2020

    POs and processors in prawn supply and demand talks Efforts to find ‘acceptable outcome for all concerned’ UK POs say that a reduction in effort and output is needed in the prawn fishery to balance supply and demand in the…