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  • Fast-track FaSS grants for some pollack fishermen

    Fast-track FaSS grants for some pollack fishermen

    7th March 2024

    Applications for support from under-10m rod and line pollack fishermen in England to the Fisheries and Seafood Scheme (FaSS) will be fast-tracked. Announcing the reopening of the £6m scheme, fisheries minister Mark Spencer said applications from all fishermen are encouraged,…

  • F-REP focuses on shellfisheries

    F-REP focuses on shellfisheries

    6th March 2024

    Following the success of the previous Fisheries Resource Programme (F-REP) event in November, shellfishermen from across England and Wales met last week near York for a four-day workshop designed to support and equip fishermen to participate in genuine co- management…

  • MP heads out to see potential of new Thames fisheries

    MP heads out to see potential of new Thames fisheries

    4th March 2024

    A possible new and lucrative fishery is in prospect for Essex fishermen. It is early days, but it has been known for some time that large accumulations of Manila clams Ruditapes philippinarum are to be found on the Buxey Sand…

  • Call for ‘urgent’ meeting on crew visa crisis

    Call for ‘urgent’ meeting on crew visa crisis

    4th March 2024

    The North East of Scotland Fisheries Development Partnership (NESFDP) is seeking an urgent meeting with members of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) that recently increased the salary threshold for skilled worker visas and is currently reviewing the Shortage Occupation List…

  • New minister meets Northern Ireland’s fishing industry

    New minister meets Northern Ireland’s fishing industry

    4th March 2024

    Newly appointed DAERA minister Andrew Muir heard the ‘full and frank’ views of local fishermen and met with members of the Northern Ireland Fishing Harbour Authority (NIFHA) during a visit to Portavogie last week. After the visit, Minister Muir said:…

  • Teenagers charting a course for new generation

    Teenagers charting a course for new generation

    29th February 2024

    Two teenagers from Peterhead are proving themselves in jobs on North East Scotland fishing boats after completing an introductory course at the Scottish Maritime Academy (SMA) in Peterhead.

  • Fisheries and climate: Climate impacts on stock shifts

    Fisheries and climate: Climate impacts on stock shifts

    27th February 2024

    Why the thermal niche is a key consideration in fish stock management By DR RICHARD KIRBY In my previous article about the recent return of bluefin tuna to UK seas (FN, 18 January, ‘Why are bluefin back in UK seas?’),…

  • Urgent MAIB warning following scalloper fatality

    Urgent MAIB warning following scalloper fatality

    19th February 2024

    The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued a safety bulletin following a chain failure which led to the death of a deckhand onboard a scallop dredger. The bulletin urges owners and operators of beam and scallop trawlers to inspect…

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