Mike Park

  • SWFPA crew welfare pilot set to launch in July

    SWFPA crew welfare pilot set to launch in July

    28th May 2024

    A pilot scheme to enable UK vessel owners to be verified to provide assurance that their foreign crews are not being exploited or subjected to ill-treatment is expected to start in North East Scotland this summer. The scheme, to be…

  • REM for all scallopers and pelagic vessels in Scottish waters

    REM for all scallopers and pelagic vessels in Scottish waters

    22nd August 2023

    Legislation to make it compulsory to fit remote electronic monitoring (REM) technology on all scallop dredgers and pelagic vessels (including freezers) fishing in Scottish waters will be introduced to the Scottish parliament in 2023.

  • Time to protect fishing grounds, MPs told

    Time to protect fishing grounds, MPs told

    27th October 2022

    Commenting after the presentation at Westminster last week of the joint NFFO/SFF spatial squeeze report, fishermen’s leaders told MPs that recognition and protection of fishing grounds could secure coastal employment, food security and the future of the fishing industry, without…

  • Holyrood endorses new visa approach for foreign workers

    Holyrood endorses new visa approach for foreign workers

    4th October 2022

    Scottish MSPs agreed last week to support a new visa system for rural areas where there is a real issue with sourcing workers, including farming, fish farming and the fishing industry, reports Andy Read. Publication of the proposed pilot scheme…

  • Financial crisis brewing ‘perfect storm’ for fisheries

    Financial crisis brewing ‘perfect storm’ for fisheries

    3rd October 2022

    As a seafarers’ charity moved to stress the support available to crew and vessel owners concerned about their financial futures last week, fishing industry leaders warned of the combined impacts of rising interest rates and a devalued pound on an…

  • Next steps agreed on industry cod surveys

    Next steps agreed on industry cod surveys

    4th April 2022

    North Sea leaders plan joint approach to shared problem Skippers and industry representatives from the main North Sea fishing nations met in Copenhagen at the end of March to work together to improve the scientific surveys that inform the setting…

  • SFA: ‘Don’t cut cod quotas next year’

    SFA: ‘Don’t cut cod quotas next year’

    15th September 2021

    Science out of step with abundance Fishermen in Shetland are warning Scottish and UK government ministers to think twice about cutting cod quotas next year, after official figures showed there were 285m cod in the North Sea, reports Tim Oliver.…

  • Massive wind projects planned in Scottish waters

    Massive wind projects planned in Scottish waters

    2nd August 2021

    Industry stresses need to plan for co-existence Huge areas of Scottish waters are being earmarked for offshore renewable projects, reports Tim Oliver. An auction for the right to develop new areas to produce 10 gigawatts of power was held in…

  • Brexit stocks dangers

    Brexit stocks dangers

    1st April 2019

    Stable stocks as important as bigger shares A Scottish fishermen’s leader has warned that the huge benefits of increased fishing opportunities from Brexit must not come at the cost of weaker stocks, reports Tim Oliver The potential benefits from Britain…

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