• U10 E-catch roll-out

    U10 E-catch roll-out

    11th November 2019

    MMO starts e-catch recording for under-10s: phase-in begins for England and Wales The MMO has begun phasing in electronic catch recording for under-10m boats in England and Wales. The roll-out of the new system has started, after the MMO worked…

  • ‘Extremely challenging’ TAC plans, warns Scots minister

    ‘Extremely challenging’ TAC plans, warns Scots minister

    4th November 2019

    Scotland’s fisheries minister has warned of an ‘extremely challenging picture’ for next year’s fishing opportunities, particularly for whitefish stocks, reports Tim Oliver With most of the European Commission’s proposals for the 2020 TACs now announced, there are cuts in the…

  • Pulse ban challenge

    Pulse ban challenge

    28th October 2019

    Dutch legal challenge to EU pulse ban Dutch fishermen have mounted a legal challenge to the EU ban on electric pulse beam trawling, reports Tim Oliver Dutch agriculture minister Carola Schouten has filed an application with the European Court of…

  • Brexit deal agreed

    Brexit deal agreed

    21st October 2019

    UK and EU agree 11th hour Brexit deal – but battle to get it through parliament The UK is set to leave the EU next week, after a Brexit deal was agreed and signed off at an EU summit last…

  • Inshore future highlighted

    Inshore future highlighted

    14th October 2019

    Inshore conference sparks hopes for inshore future – but just the start of a long road A landmark step towards a new deal for UK inshore fishermen was taken last week, when inshore fisheries were in the spotlight at an…

  • Minister’s no-deal warning

    Minister’s no-deal warning

    7th October 2019

    Welsh minister warns of no-deal Brexit threat ‘Catastrophic impact on rural communities’ The Welsh fisheries minister has warned of the threat to the Welsh industry from a no-deal Brexit, as the end of October withdrawal deadline rapidly approaches, reports Tim…

  • NS cod loses MSC label

    NS cod loses MSC label

    30th September 2019

    MSC suspends N Sea cod eco badge. Stock below safe level, says sustainability body North Sea cod is to lose its MSC eco-label certification after scientific advice that the stock is below safe biological levels, reports Tim Oliver The MSC…

  • No-deal Brexit ‘chaos’

    No-deal Brexit ‘chaos’

    23rd September 2019

    Irish leader warns of no-deal Brexit mayhem ‘Conflict and port blockades across Europe’ An Irish industry leader has issued a stark warning that there will be ‘chaos and conflict at sea’ and port blockades across Europe if there is a…

  • 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…