• ‘Vehement NEWS opposition’ to HMPAs

    ‘Vehement NEWS opposition’ to HMPAs

    8th June 2023

    Borders fishermen add their voices to the debate – whilst Greens appear to detect cuttlefish in Lamlash Bay Members of the Anglo Scottish Fishermen’s Association met Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP Rachael Hamilton in Eyemouth at the end of May…

  • Defra confirms first HPMAs in English waters

    Defra confirms first HPMAs in English waters

    9th March 2023

    Lindisfarne escapes designation – other boundaries amended Environment secretary Thérèse Coffey announced last Tuesday the final decisions on the five candidate sites for the first HPMAs in English waters, reports Andy Read. The announcement comes after an eight-month consultation period…

  • SFF Executive Committee: ‘Much to do in the months ahead’

    SFF Executive Committee: ‘Much to do in the months ahead’

    8th March 2023

    HPMAs, offshore wind, crewing and fishermen’s medical certificates feature prominently on a busy agenda for 2023, reports the SFF Executive Committee The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) Executive Committee met recently in Edinburgh for its first meeting of 2023. Time was…

  • HPMAs under fire at Westminster

    HPMAs under fire at Westminster

    15th December 2022

    Committee warned about spatial pressures on Scots industry Industry leaders have attacked government proposals to introduce Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs), saying that that they lack a sound evidence base and that their effects cannot be measured, reports Tim Oliver.…

  • 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…


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