Each week, the NFFO shines a spotlight on a different aspect of its policy towards the UK’s departure from the EU and therefore from the Common Fisheries Policy. This week we focus on an exclusive 12 mile limit.
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The Financial Times has reported on manoeuvrings by European fishing groups in France, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain and Belgium to keep the status quo on fishing after Brexit. As these fleets take up to 80% of their catch in UK waters, it is not difficult to understand why they would want nothing to change.
Each week, the NFFO shines a spotlight on a different aspect of its policy towards the UK’s departure from the EU and therefore from the Common Fisheries Policy
ICES has replied to a special request from the European Commission asking its opinion on whether it would be safe to remove the TAC for North Sea Dab and Flounder.
The Federation has written to Chancellor Philip Hammond, urging a rethink on his proposal, announced during the Spring Financial Statement, to increase the national insurance contributions for the self-employed. As most fishermen in the UK are self-employed share-fishermen, this makes thousands of fishermen worse off at a stroke.
Notwithstanding the referendum result in 2014, in which the Scottish electorate rejected independence from the rest of the UK, the SNP Government in Edinburgh remains intent on leading Scotland out of the Union. It has been clear, honest and explicit about both its objective and destination and the tactics it will use.
Following the NFFO’s meeting with Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, when the absence of an appeals process for bass entitlements was criticised, the MMO has announced a turnaround in the official approach. Letters are being sent out today and the Federation is seeking clarification on how far the new approach goes.
The UK media reported this week on a leaked document from the EU Parliament, explaining why nothing much will change in European fisheries after the UK leaves the EU.
The NFFO is encouraging fishing vessel owners to make use of the EMFF funds not only to gain early minimum compliance with the upcoming codes but to improve the vessel safety beyond that which is required. Changes in the new codes where EMFF money can assist are vessels under 15m which will require an EPIRB with a built-in GPS receiver. However, if the vessel is less than 10m or operates single handed, owners can instead opt for a PLB with a GPS receiver for each crew member. An open vessel between 7m and 15m, or a decked vessel between 7m and 10m will also now be required to carry a liferaft.
An NFFO delegation met with Fisheries Minister George Eustice, on Thursday 9th February to address the issues raised in our letter of censure, following the handling of the December Council and the issues raised by the new draft concordat between the four fisheries administrations. Our letter reads: