• Fisheries Act opens new era

    Fisheries Act opens new era

    30th November 2020

    Fisheries Act 2020 gives UK full control of waters First major domestic fisheries law for 40 years The UK’s flagship fisheries bill became law on Monday last week (23 November), when the bill received the Royal Assent and became the…

  • Export red tape fears

    Export red tape fears

    23rd November 2020

    Industry warns Eustice red tape will strangle exports ‘Final straw’ for many struggling businesses Fifteen fishing industry organisations, from catchers through to merchants, fish auctions and hauliers, have warned that excessive bureaucracy will bring serious delays to vital fish and…

  • £1m for Scots prawn group

    £1m for Scots prawn group

    16th November 2020

    £1m to support new Scots prawn working group Move to develop strategy for struggling sector The Scottish government has granted £1m to a new ‘resilience group’ that is being set up to support the Scottish Nephrops sector through the coronavirus…

  • Scots creel limits pilot

    Scots creel limits pilot

    9th November 2020

    Creel limits pilot starts in Outer Hebrides  Scheme to manage effort and build shellfish stocks A pilot creel limitation scheme east of the Outer Hebrides started on 5 November and will run for two years until 1 November, 2022, reports…

  • 2021 TACs signal new era

    2021 TACs signal new era

    2nd November 2020

    Brussels 2021 TAC proposals ‘an empty document’ Annual talks mired in uncertainty A sign of the huge changes that Brexit signals for fisheries management has come with the publication of the European Commission’s proposals for NE Atlantic and North Sea…

  • SFF slams three-mile limit push  

    SFF slams three-mile limit push  

    26th October 2020

    SFF attacks campaign for three-mile mobile gear ban   ‘No evidence’ for claimed benefits The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has hit back at green groups and some creel fishermen who are mounting a sustained campaign for mobile gear to be banned…

  • DEFRA consults on quota plans

    DEFRA consults on quota plans

    19th October 2020

    DEFRA consults on post-Brexit plans in England Changes to economic link and additional quota shareout DEFRA has begun a wide-ranging consultation with the English industry on proposals on three issues that will be of central importance in establishing the post-Brexit…

  • 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…