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  • NUTFA LawWorks clinic closes

    NUTFA LawWorks clinic closes

    28th March 2024

    The inshore sector has been dealt a significant blow with the retirement of Sarah Ready (pictured above) from NUTFA. Sarah was well known for her support for individual fishermen facing multiple issues, from financial hardship to legal or practical challenges.…

  • Fishing News Awards: Under-15m Boat of the Year

    Fishing News Awards: Under-15m Boat of the Year

    27th March 2024

    The Fishing News Awards’ Under-15m Boat of the Year award, which will be judged by an industry panel, will be made to a new or significantly rebuilt vessel under 15m LOA that joined the UK or Irish fleets in 2023,…

  • Trawling and dredging case back in court

    Trawling and dredging case back in court

    27th March 2024

    An appeal by the Scottish government against the 2023 ruling that its failure to ban trawling and scalloping was in contravention of Scotland’s National Marine Plan, which sets out steps to protect the marine environment, was heard in Scotland’s highest…

  • Fishing News Awards 2024: The Sustainability Award Shortlist

    Fishing News Awards 2024: The Sustainability Award Shortlist

    27th March 2024

    The Sustainability Award recognises and celebrates innovative solutions to improving sustainability and environmental outcomes within the UK or Irish fishing industry. Here is the shortlist for 2024… SafetyNet Technologies Fishing technology company SafetyNet Technologies is much more than its now…

  • Scottish economic link licence challenge rejected

    Scottish economic link licence challenge rejected

    26th March 2024

    The legal challenge to the new economic link licence conditions by part of the Scottish pelagic fleet was rejected by judges in the Scottish Court of Session last week. The conditions were amended from 1 January, 2023, with a requirement…

  • Sea state and vessel stability

    Sea state and vessel stability

    15th March 2024

    Initial tank test results suggest a sea-state-based approach to certification may be better for some small vessels than blocking the scuppers – and could feed into revisions to the under-15m code

  • Calls for ML5 freeze pending consultation outcome

    Calls for ML5 freeze pending consultation outcome

    15th March 2024

    Whilst the MCA’s consultation on amendments to the new ML5 medical certification requirements closed on 27 February, the potential for considerable delay in announcing any outcome or decision is complicated by a growing expectation that prime minister Rishi Sunak may…

  • ‘Very positive’ Faroe deal agreed for 2024

    ‘Very positive’ Faroe deal agreed for 2024

    14th March 2024

    A 2024 fisheries deal has been agreed between the UK and Faroe that sees the UK able to access over 2,200t in Faroese waters (area Vb), including haddock and saithe. It was welcomed by the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association…

  • Fishing News Awards 2024: Voting open now!

    Fishing News Awards 2024: Voting open now!

    14th March 2024

    It’s been a busy few weeks for the FN team since nominations closed for the 2024 Fishing News Awards, assessing all of the nominees and drawing up a shortlist for each of the 12 categories. The quality of the nominations…

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