• Big changes ahead in Scotland

    Big changes ahead in Scotland

    12th October 2020

    Fisheries management shake-up in Scotland Plans well advanced for major changes The Scottish government has set out plans for major changes in the way the Scottish industry and fisheries are managed from next year onwards, reports Tim Oliver. Changes under…

  • Foreign crewing hopes

    Foreign crewing hopes

    5th October 2020

    Breakthrough in sight on foreign crew permits Migration report upgrades fishermen to ‘skilled workers’   There are hopes that an end is in sight to the problems of recruiting foreign crews, after a major report recommended that fishermen should be…

  • SSA: Seafish must change

    SSA: Seafish must change

    28th September 2020

    Seafish and Seafood Scotland ‘must be reviewed’ Overlap is hitting marketing, say Scots processors Scotland’s seafood processors are demanding an urgent review into the role of Seafish and Seafood Scotland, reports Tim Oliver. The Scottish Seafood Association (SSA), which represents…

  • Prawn sector needs help  

    Prawn sector needs help  

    21st September 2020

    Scots leaders press for help for prawn sector   Little prospect of early market recovery   Scottish industry leaders are exploring with the Scottish government ways to help the struggling Nephrops sector, reports Tim Oliver. Demand plummeted due to Covid-19,…

  • Green threat to fisheries bill

    Green threat to fisheries bill

    14th September 2020

    Big buyers back damaging changes to fisheries bill Industry anger at lack of consultation with catchers A powerful alliance of 22 major supermarkets and seafood processors are pressing the government to adopt major green amendments to the new fisheries bill…

  • SNP ‘no’ to fisheries bill

    SNP ‘no’ to fisheries bill

    7th September 2020

    SNP votes against crucial fisheries bill. ‘We want to rejoin EU and reform CFP’   The Scottish National Party voted against the new fisheries bill that will establish the post-Brexit fisheries management regime in UK waters, reports Tim Oliver. Scottish Conservative…

  • Green pressure on Scots

    Green pressure on Scots

    31st August 2020

    Greens push for radical changes in Scottish fisheries   SFF: Report ‘not realistic and wrong approach’ Leading green groups have made calls for more highly protected marine areas in Scottish waters, low-impact fishing by 2021, restrictions on heavy mobile gear…

  • Supertrawlers invasion

    Supertrawlers invasion

    24th August 2020

    Explosion of foreign supertrawlers in UK MPAs Fishing time in first half of 2020 doubles 2019 effort Fishing by large foreign-owned pelagic supertrawlers over 100m in length in UK Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has rocketed this year and has been…

  • SCFF legal challenge

    SCFF legal challenge

    17th August 2020

    Creel men make legal move on Skye fisheries pilot Application for judicial review of ‘creel only’ trial rejection A Scottish fishermen’s association representing creel fishermen has mounted a legal challenge to Marine Scotland over its rejection of a proposal for…

  • 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…