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  • ‘What a mess!’: North Sea sandeel ban escalates into row with EU

    ‘What a mess!’: North Sea sandeel ban escalates into row with EU

    25th April 2024

    Last week saw two high-level political challenges to the UK’s implementation of the Trade and Co-operation Agreement with the EU – highlighting, says the NFFO, the UK government’s failure to achieve a ‘joined-up’ fisheries policy that recognises the key role…

  • Mixed fortunes on 2024 TACs

    Mixed fortunes on 2024 TACs

    19th December 2023

    Talks on 2024 fishing opportunities between the UK, EU and Norway concluded last week with a deal that was broadly welcomed in Scotland, but much less so in the South West. There were increases in most of the stocks in…

  • Mackerel TAC row escalates

    Mackerel TAC row escalates

    19th September 2023

    A joint statement by Europêche and the European Association of POs (EAPO), released ahead of the upcoming coastal states meeting in London this week, has echoed scathing comments from the Irish industry about the bilateral deal in July between the…

  • EU-UK deal confirms new TACs and quota swap arrangements

    EU-UK deal confirms new TACs and quota swap arrangements

    15th August 2023

    The EU-UK Specialised Committee on Fisheries set up as part of Brexit, confirmed new agreements at the end of last month designed to harmonise management and provide for more practical working arrangements for fishermen. Possibly the most welcome will be…

  • Last voyage for decommissioned fishing vessels

    Last voyage for decommissioned fishing vessels

    22nd June 2023

    Two Irish vessels head to Denmark to be broken up Two Aran Islands fishing vessels which were approved for Ireland’s decommissioning scheme made their final trip earlier this month. The Connacht Ranger and Conquest in the Caledonian Canal en route…

  • Post-Brexit decommissioning progressing across EU

    Post-Brexit decommissioning progressing across EU

    18th May 2023

    Generous Dutch scheme leading to rumoured reinvestment – but Irish owners unhappy at payment delays In the wake of the Brexit TCA settlement, a number of EU states took advantage of EU funds available to compensate for reductions in quotas…

  • Boost for North Sea TACs as three-way deal agreed

    Boost for North Sea TACs as three-way deal agreed

    19th December 2022

    Fishermen will have bigger quotas for most key North Sea demersal stocks next year after a deal was reached on 9 December between the UK, EU and Norway on shared stocks, reports Tim Oliver. They include a highly welcome 63%…

  • First NI bluefin tuna tagged

    First NI bluefin tuna tagged

    13th December 2022

    The first Northern Ireland CHART bluefin tuna has been caught and tagged between Ballycastle and Rathlin Island. The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and DAERA launched the NI CHART (Catch And Release Tuna) programme in September, looking at the feasibility…

  • EU launches ‘call for evidence’ on fisheries energy transition

    EU launches ‘call for evidence’ on fisheries energy transition

    17th November 2022

    The European Commission has launched a ‘call for evidence’ to gather feedback on a new initiative to help accelerate the energy transition of the EU fisheries and aquaculture sector, reports Paul Scott. The Commission says that while almost all fisheries…

  • Ireland must spend Brexit funds within two years

    Ireland must spend Brexit funds within two years

    16th November 2022

    Ireland’s marine department has confirmed that EU funds to compensate for the impact of Brexit on the fishing industry must be spent by the end of next year, reports Lorna Siggins. There is no flexibility with this, it confirmed –…

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