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Pulse Fishing Agreement to Protect Sensitive Areas on the East Coast

Pulse Fishing Agreement to Protect Sensitive Areas on the East Coast

15th January 2018

Following a meeting between Dutch pulse fishermen and English inshore fishermen, just before Christmas, a voluntary agreement has been reached through which the Dutch pulse vessels will refrain from operating in some of the most sensitive areas off the English coast.

David Scott

David Scott

3rd January 2018

We are very sad to hear the news that former NFFO Chairman and President, David Scott, has died.

Tony Delahunty OBE

Tony Delahunty OBE

2nd January 2018

NFFO President, Tony Delahunty, has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year List for his services to the fishing industry. A working fishermen in an under-10 metre vessel until this November, Tony has been awarded the OBE in recognition of his huge contribution over many years.

UK Fisheries: the Year Ahead

UK Fisheries: the Year Ahead

22nd December 2017

Over the next ten months, the shape of the UK’s future outside the EU should become clearer. In order to fit with the parliamentary ratification processes in both the UK and EU, exit negotiations must be concluded by October 2018, if the Government’s timetable for departure in March 2019 is to be met.

2017 Council Overview

2017 Council Overview

15th December 2017

This was a different kind of December Council in a number of important ways. Many delegations were delayed by weather; UK fisheries Minister George Eustice returned early to London to participate in a crucial parliamentary vote; and we felt the sharp end of the EU’s inflexible approach to maximum sustainable yield. The Commission was in fact particularly intransigent throughout the negotiations. It also seemed to forget that the centrepiece of its policies is the landing obligation that fully comes into force on 1st January 2019 and that all TAC decisions ought to support, rather than undermine, that particular policy - which is going to be difficult enough to implement as it is.

December Council. Back off on Bass!

December Council. Back off on Bass!

11th December 2017

A strong NFFO team is present in Brussels for the December Council, which begins today in Brussels. The Commission has made seabass a central issue for the Council, by proposing an even blunter approach than currently exists, with the prospect of even larger levels of discards of bass caught as unavoidable bycatch in the mixed fisheries.

EU/Norway Negotiations

EU/Norway Negotiations

30th November 2017

The EU and Norway delegations paused in their negotiations in Bergen for an annual reciprocal fisheries agreement, to mark the 40 year anniversary of the talks.

European Impasse Generates Technical Conservation Fears

European Impasse Generates Technical Conservation Fears

30th October 2017

There are deep concerns within the fishing industry that an impasse between the European member states and EU Parliament over technical conservation rules, will leave fishermen in the wheelhouse, or on the deck, in an impossible position of having to obey two conflicting rules. This is potentially important for our fleets in the UK, because constraints on Parliamentary time in Westminster could mean that EU technical conservation rules retained from the CFP could be with us for some time after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.

Brexit Work

Brexit Work

27th October 2017

Whilst the Exit talks in Brussels judder forward, on both sides there is a great deal of activity taking place just below the surface. As might be expected, the NFFO is fully engaged in building the conditions for a positive outcome for the UK fishing industry. Our activities were reported to our AGM, on 11th October, where the UK Fisheries Minister also confirmed Defra’s commitment to a clear but smooth departure from the EU and therefore, legally and logically, the Common Fisheries Policy.

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