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Withdrawal Agreement and Beyond

Withdrawal Agreement and Beyond

21st October 2019

Leaving aside the possibility of a hiccup in these politically turbulent times, it is now possible that the UK will leave the EU on 31st October, or shortly after, within the context of the UK/EU withdrawal agreement settled in Brussels last week.

Important milestone in the use of fishermen’s information

Important milestone in the use of fishermen’s information

17th October 2019

A report, recently published by ICES, marks an important milestone in the incorporation of information generated by the fishing industry itself into the stock assessment process. The report follows an important meeting of scientists and industry representatives earlier in the year, in Copenhagen, during which industry representatives described the many forms that industry/science partnerships are already taking and could take in the future.

Get ready for Brexit

Get ready for Brexit

15th October 2019

HM Government has published a checklist for fishing vessels in the event that the UK leaves the EU on 31st October 2019.

Inshore Conference Points the Way

Inshore Conference Points the Way

14th October 2019

An industry-led initiative to focus attention on the future management of our inshore fisheries has been judged a major success. Fishermen from various parts of the coast, industry representatives, senior government officials and the IFCAs, used the two-day conference in London to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced in managing the inshore sector. Experts were brought in from Canada, US, Norway and New Zealand to offer insights from the experience from inshore fisheries there. Work will now begin on converting the conference conclusions into a blueprint for the sector, although it is highly unlikely that there will be a one-size -fits-all approach.

The Seafood Innovation Fund

The Seafood Innovation Fund

19th July 2019

A new £10 million fund designed to stimulate innovation in the seafood sector to help meet the challenges ahead has been launched. The Seafood Innovation Fund is now open for applications.

North Sea Cod - Disappointment

North Sea Cod - Disappointment

1st July 2019

Disappointment is almost inadequate as a term to describe the news that once again the iconic North Sea cod stock is in trouble. After a decade and a half in which the stock has been slowly but steadily increasing, the biomass is again in steep decline.

Brussels Takes Stock of Landing Obligation

Brussels Takes Stock of Landing Obligation

18th June 2019

A seminar in Brussels, organised recently by the European Commission, was held to take stock of the EU landing obligation, which came fully into force for demersal species on 1st January 2019. Around 100 participants presented their views on how the landing obligation was being implemented, what problems remained and what lessons were being learned.

Landing Obligation Forum

Landing Obligation Forum

14th June 2019

A series of meetings between regulators and the fishing industry, to discuss the implementation issues arising from the landing obligation, have now been formalised as the "Landing Obligation Forum." Another name for the forum could be an "in-year implementation/solutions group."

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