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  • Rockall row resurfaces

    Rockall row resurfaces

    12th December 2023

    Newly released documents have shed fresh light on discussions between the Scottish and Irish governments on the issue of fisheries access around Rockall – but an Irish industry leader has taken issue with reports that Scotland made serious efforts to…

  • “Frank and valuable”: NFFO AGM hears from three MPs

    “Frank and valuable”: NFFO AGM hears from three MPs

    25th October 2023

    The 46th NFFO AGM, possibly the last before an election in 2024, was held in the historic Watermen’s Hall in the City of London last Wednesday afternoon, after a National Executive Committee meeting held earlier in the day. MPs from…

  • Defra threatened with legal action for exceeding ICES advice

    Defra threatened with legal action for exceeding ICES advice

    2nd October 2023

    The NGO Blue Marine Foundation has announced it is intending to take legal action against Defra. Its action, it says, aims to force Defra to restrict the issue of UK quotas to limits within ICES advice. In setting catch limits…

  • ‘Disastrous’ wind auction paves way for increase in tidal power

    ‘Disastrous’ wind auction paves way for increase in tidal power

    21st September 2023

    The latest round of UK government energy auctions failed to attract a single bid from offshore wind developers, prompting many commentators to question the pricing strategy put in place. This, they say, failed to recognise that shortages of materials, parts…

  • Closing arguments as economic link conditions tested in court

    Closing arguments as economic link conditions tested in court

    13th September 2023

    A court hearing asking judges to rule against the Scottish government’s new economic link requirements was nearing conclusion as FN went press at the end of last week. The three-day hearing, held at the High Court in Edinburgh, was taken…

  • ‘A roadmap for MSC reform’ by On The Hook

    ‘A roadmap for MSC reform’ by On The Hook

    4th September 2023

    On The Hook argues that its external review sets out a route for the Marine Stewardship Council to maintain credibility and effectiveness. By AMY HAMMOND – On The Hook campaign co-ordinator Against a backdrop of notable stock collapses – and…

  • Call for debate on red diesel rebate

    Call for debate on red diesel rebate

    17th August 2023

    A new paper by a team of UK and Canadian researchers is calling for a debate on whether the fuel tax rebate on red diesel for commercial fishing vessels should be continued. It says the rebate costs the UK government…

  • MMO confirms iVMS roll-out restart

    MMO confirms iVMS roll-out restart

    16th August 2023

    The MMO has confirmed that the roll-out of inshore vessel monitoring system (iVMS) devices for vessels in England has been restarted, following the hiatus earlier this year after approval for two terminals was withdrawn. New funding deadlines and limits are…

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