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  • VMS prosecutions concern

    VMS prosecutions concern

    14th September 2019

    VMS data alone ‘not enough to prosecute’ – Industry concern as system set to be rolled out to under-12 fleet With satellite monitoring of under-12m vessels (I-VMS) due to be rolled out soon, there is growing concern in the industry that…

  • ‘Leave quota system alone’

    ‘Leave quota system alone’

    9th September 2019

    ‘Resist changes to quota system’ says SW operator Threat to investment at a difficult time A leading South West vessel operator says that moves to challenge the existing quota allocation system are wrong and should be opposed, because they would…

  • Action on North Sea cod

    Action on North Sea cod

    2nd September 2019

    Industry plans to cut N Sea cod catches Meeting with Danes and Norwegians Industry leaders are engaged with their counterparts in Denmark and Norway to develop measures to reduce fishing effort on North Sea cod, reports Tim Oliver ICES scientists…

  • Major conference on inshore future

    Major conference on inshore future

    26th August 2019

    Fishermen urged to attend The NFFO is urging inshore fishermen to sign up to attend a major two-day conference in October that it says will provide a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ for all parts of the fishing industry to bring clarity to…

  • Wind farms threat grows

    Wind farms threat grows

    12th August 2019

    Wind farms taking grounds and damaging marine life Controls being relaxed to combat climate change Industry organisations are increasingly alarmed at the accelerating loss of fishing grounds and damage to marine life being caused by the relentless expansion of offshore…

  • Quota shares debate

    Quota shares debate

    29th July 2019

    DEFRA consults on quota shares in England Questions on post-Brexit increase allocations DEFRA has launched a consultation asking for views, backed by evidence, on how additional UK quota gained after Brexit should be allocated in England, reports Tim Oliver It…

  • Plan for 7m+ tickets

    Plan for 7m+ tickets

    22nd July 2019

    Skipper’s tickets for 7m to 16.5m boats by 2020 ‘Grandfather’ exemptions for existing skippers New skippers of vessels between 7m and 16.5m will be required to hold a skipper’s certificate by 2020, under MCA plans announced by maritime minister Nusrat…

  • No-take zones plan

    15th July 2019

    DEFRA plans highly protected MPAs All fishing will be banned in new zones DEFRA is planning to introduce a number of highly protected marine areas (HPMAs), in which all fishing, and any other activity that could potentially damage marine species…