scotland

  • Watershed project on fishing crew welfare

    Watershed project on fishing crew welfare

    17th January 2024

    A ground-breaking pilot project is being set up in Scotland to protect the welfare of fishing vessel crews and provide them with a route for formal grievance procedures. The new Worker-Driven Social Responsibility (WSR) programme for UK fishing is the…

  • Scots quota consultation to close next week

    Scots quota consultation to close next week

    2nd January 2024

    The Scottish government consultation on the share-out of additional quota received by the UK post-Brexit, which opened in October, closes on 11 January. The consultation sets out a number of possible allocation mechanisms for the quota, which is the Scottish…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • SNP unveils independence policy for fisheries

    SNP unveils independence policy for fisheries

    30th November 2023

    Scottish rural affairs cabinet secretary Mairi Gougeon used a photo opportunity in front of the fishing fleet in Dunbar harbour last week to launch the Scottish government’s new policy document ‘Our Marine Sector in an Independent Scotland’. With summaries translated…

  • Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas plans scrapped

    Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas plans scrapped

    14th November 2023

    The Scottish government formally announced last week that it will not be proceeding with its hugely controversial plans to designate 10% of Scottish waters as Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs). There was a massive backlash against the plans, and the…

  • 60 officers raid small lobster business

    60 officers raid small lobster business

    8th November 2023

    Last week saw an extraordinary co-ordinated raid by multiple government agencies, both at sea and ashore, on the shellfish business operated by a lifelong fisherman from South West Scotland. Paul Maguire operates two potters from the historic fishing port of…

  • Scottish Fishermen’s Federation dinner celebrates 50 years

    Scottish Fishermen’s Federation dinner celebrates 50 years

    7th November 2023

    The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) held its 50th anniversary dinner in the spectacular Queen Anne Room in Edinburgh Castle last week, with equally stunning Scottish seafood served up to the guests, who included several past presidents of the federation, as…

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