• Fantastic seamanship rescues five crewmen and Opportunus IV

    Fantastic seamanship rescues five crewmen and Opportunus IV

    20th February 2021

    The 20m Peterhead stern trawler Opportunus IV and her five-man crew were towed to safety last week in a dramatic rescue by the local RNLI lifeboat and the six-week-old Fraserburgh trawler Jacqueline Anne FR 243, reports David Linkie. The extremely…

  • Zero for boats from £23M

    Zero for boats from £23M

    16th February 2021

    £23m exports support scheme opens – but struggling catchers not eligible The £23m compensation fund for exporters who have been hit by the severe problems affecting seafood exports is open for applications, reports Tim Oliver. The UK-wide Seafood Disruption Support Scheme,…

  • Exports crisis is ‘worst in industry history’

    Exports crisis is ‘worst in industry history’

    8th February 2021

    Scots leader tells PM: ‘We need immediate help’ A Scottish west coast industry leader has warned that the industry in the region, and elsewhere in Scotland and the UK, is facing disaster unless it receives urgent financial support, reports Tim…

  • Live mollusc exports ban

    Live mollusc exports ban

    1st February 2021

    Exports of live bivalve molluscs to EU banned Sector shut down in further fall-out from Brexit deal All exports to the EU of live bivalve molluscs, including cockles, mussels, scallops and oysters, that are not ready for human consumption are…

  • £23M cash for exporters

    £23M cash for exporters

    25th January 2021

    £23m UK support for seafood exporters Details awaited but vessels look to be excluded The UK government confirmed last week that it is providing £23m to support seafood exporters across the UK that have been hit by the red tape…

  • Export delays hit fleet

    Export delays hit fleet

    18th January 2021

    Fish sales slow as export delays hit demand Fleet starts new year facing huge uncertainty Fish and seafood exports from throughout the UK are facing long delays and huge amounts of paperwork in Calais and Boulogne and in the Netherlands,…

  • Boris Brexit betrayal

    Boris Brexit betrayal

    11th January 2021

    Industry fury at Brexit sell-out One-off chance to right historic wrongs squandered UK fishing industry leaders have accused Boris Johnson and the UK government of betraying and selling out the industry to achieve a Brexit deal, as Ted Heath did…

  • Brexit talks go to the wire

    Brexit talks go to the wire

    4th January 2021

    Battle to reach Brexit deal before 1 January Scots fear sell-out as talks stall over fishing Intensive Brexit talks were taking place just before Christmas as the UK and EU ramped up efforts to secure a deal before the deadline…

  • Brexit talks on knife-edge

    Brexit talks on knife-edge

    21st December 2020

    Brexit talks go the wire in struggle for a deal Fisheries is toughest obstacle Efforts were still being made to reach a Brexit trade deal before 31 December as Fishing News went to press, but while there had been some…

  • Brexit threat to exports

    Brexit threat to exports

    15th December 2020

    Exports delays fears – deal or no deal Paperwork and delays loom from 1 January Fish and seafood exporters will face hugely increased levels of paperwork, bureaucracy and delays at ports from 1 January whether there is a Brexit deal…