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  • 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…

  • Help to design better PFDs for fishing!

    Help to design better PFDs for fishing!

    16th February 2024

    The NFFO has launched a research project to better understand what fishermen want and need from a PFD. During February and March, it will be running face to face workshops in Newlyn and Grimsby, as well as a short online…

  • New Scottish approach to inshore management

    New Scottish approach to inshore management

    15th February 2024

    A year after the Scottish Fisheries Management and Conservation (FMAC) Inshore Sub-group first met, the Marine Directorate is asking the inshore fishing industry to look at a range of potential effort management measures. These will be developed with them into…

  • Northern Ireland industry seeks early meeting with new minister

    Northern Ireland industry seeks early meeting with new minister

    14th February 2024

    After two years of political limbo, the restoration of the devolved government in Northern Ireland has been widely welcomed. The walkout by the Democratic Unionist Party from the power-sharing agreement, in protest at post- Brexit trading arrangements for Northern Ireland,…

  • Fishing News Awards 2024: Last chance to make your nominations!

    Fishing News Awards 2024: Last chance to make your nominations!

    6th February 2024

    The deadline for nominations for this year’s Fishing News Awards is next Monday – don’t miss your chance to make sure that your local area is well represented among this year’s winners! The only awards event dedicated to recognising achievement,…

  • Fishing News Awards 2023 Winner Catch-up: Shout 24/7

    Fishing News Awards 2023 Winner Catch-up: Shout 24/7

    31st January 2024

    “It was an honour to be shortlisted for the first-ever Innovation of the Year category at the 2023 Fishing News Awards. Then to be announced as the winner was beyond exciting,” Seafit manager Carol Elliott told FN. The SHOUT 24/7…

  • Fishing News Awards 2023 Winner Catch-up: Darren McClements

    Fishing News Awards 2023 Winner Catch-up: Darren McClements

    30th January 2024

    It’s been business as usual for Darren McClements (pictured above, left, receiving his award from Peter Duncan of category sponsor Peterhead Port Authority and 2023 host Stephen Buchanan), skipper of the prawn trawler Golden Ray B 963 and last year’s…

  • Media storm over fuel ‘subsidy’

    Media storm over fuel ‘subsidy’

    25th January 2024

    Two NGOs, Oceana and the Blue Marine Foundation, have launched a widely reported attack on the fuel tax exemption provided to the UK fishing industry, claiming that this is ‘threatening to empty the ocean of fish’. The attack follows a…

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