The Prime Minister’s announcement of a General Election on the 8th June may have caught most people by surprise but the election campaign provides a golden opportunity for the parties to make clear their level of commitment for the fishing industry.
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The NFFO AGM was due to be held in Fishmongers Hall in London on 9th May, with Fisheries Minister George Eustice as principal speaker.
The NFFO looks at claims that, post-Brexit, we could ditch quotas.
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.
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.