• Catch app legal challenge

    Catch app legal challenge

    11th May 2020

    Legal ‘warning shot’ on Catch App prosecutions Cases will be challenged in court, say industry groups Two fishing industry groups have fired a legal broadside at DEFRA and the MMO over the controversial under-10m Catch App, reports Tim Oliver. Plymouth…

  • Brexit talks deadlocked

    Brexit talks deadlocked

    4th May 2020

    No progress in Brexit fisheries talks, says EU chief Brussels insists on trade and fishing link The UK and EU remain deadlocked over fisheries in the Brexit negotiations, which have continued to take place by video link despite the Covid-19…

  • Welcome for new grants

    Welcome for new grants

    27th April 2020

    New grants welcomed but more needed No help for English over-24s and Scots whitefish fleet There has been general industry welcome for new support packages announced for the English under-24m and Scottish over-12m fleets, reports Tim Oliver. But some anomalies…

  • Grants for Welsh fleet

    Grants for Welsh fleet

    20th April 2020

    Support package for Welsh fishermen Sliding scale payments to a maximum £10,000 Welsh fishermen are to get grant support from the Welsh government during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, reports Tim Oliver. The grants, described as ‘a massive boost and very…

  • Industry support vital

    Industry support vital

    13th April 2020

     NFFO: Urgent help for industry essential Campaign for package for England and Wales Pressure is mounting on the UK government for a tailored support package for the fishing industry in England and Wales. The NFFO, which has sent a detailed…

  • Whitefish effort cuts

    Whitefish effort cuts

    6th April 2020

    High consumer demand for limited whitefish supplies The small amount of whitefish available in Scotland last week secured good prices as buyers strived to meet contract requirements from key consumers, including supermarkets, in the run-up to Easter week, reports David…

  • MMO advice on help available

    MMO advice on help available

    1st April 2020

    A message from Tom McCormack, CEO of the Marine Management Organisation The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is working to continue to provide its services during the unfolding events around the Covid-19 pandemic. Our main aim in these unprecedented times is…

  • Aid for industry – UK and Scots governments announce financial help

    Aid for industry – UK and Scots governments announce financial help

    30th March 2020

    No payments before June under UK self-employed package The UK and Scottish governments announced financial packages last week that will help fishermen, reports Tim Oliver. Marine Scotland announced a £5m targeted scheme for Scottish under-12m vessels, with payments to be…

  • Coronavirus crisis – Industry facing economic meltdown

    Coronavirus crisis – Industry facing economic meltdown

    23rd March 2020

    Joint industry-government action group set up The coronavirus emergency is creating a ‘profound economic crisis’ for the UK fishing industry and ‘potentially existential challenges’ for some businesses, reports Tim Oliver. The crisis is hitting all sectors and regions of the…

  • Fishing News Awards 2020

    20th March 2020

    In light of the ongoing coronavirus situation, it is with great regret that we have decided to cancel the presentation evening for the Fishing News Awards 2020, previously scheduled for May 14th. The Awards programme will otherwise continue as planned.…