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Serious Risk of Under-fishing

Serious Risk of Under-fishing

9th October 2017

A group of international scientists is currently looking into whether the fisheries in our waters are now seriously under-fished, forgoing landings amounting to something in the region of 5% of the global catch of wild fish. Dr Henrik Sparholt, who for many years held a senior position within ICES, recently presented an outline of a research project to understand this development with more precision, to a meeting of the Executive Committee of the North Sea Advisory Council.

Norway Study Trip

Norway Study Trip

28th September 2017

An NFFO delegation of 11 has recently returned from a study tour to Oslo and Bergen to learn in detail how Norway operates as an independent coastal state; experience that is likely to be very relevant when the UK leaves the European Union. Discussions with the Norwegian Ministry for Fisheries in Oslo, senior officials of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association and key personnel in the Fisheries Directorate as well as the Marine Institute, also touched on the kind of bilateral arrangements that the UK and Norway might aspire to post-Brexit.

Cornish AGM: Brexit Focus

Cornish AGM: Brexit Focus

8th August 2017

Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, and a team of senior DEFRA officials used the Cornish FPO’s recent annual general meeting to provide an update on preparations to leave the CFP.

Changes Ahead to Safety in Fishing

Changes Ahead to Safety in Fishing

24th July 2017

As part of the preparation for the implementation of ILO C188, the first meeting of a special Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG) to develop a voluntary safety management code was held at the NFFO office in York.

Bolder Management of Spurdog Recovery Vital

Bolder Management of Spurdog Recovery Vital

21st July 2017

The latest scientific advice on spurdog points to the reintroduction of a bycatch allowance as the most sensible management strategy to recover the stock. This would prevent the needless discarding of dead catch, remove an incentive to retain smooth hound as substitution, and restore the evidence base generated by the fishing fleet that underpins management decision-making.

Irish Sea Turnaround

Irish Sea Turnaround

11th July 2017

“I told you so” is rarely an attractive phrase. But it is difficult to avoid a tone of grim smugness when speaking about the 375% TAC increase in this year’s scientific advice for Irish Sea cod. So long regarded as a basket case, ICES has dramatically revised its perception of the stock and altered the assumptions that support its model. The advice has shifted from a zero catch in 2012, and a minimal bycatch in 2016, to a healthy allocation in 2018, with the stock considered to be above maximum sustainable yield trigger.

Labour and Fishing

Labour and Fishing

7th July 2017

The Labour Party intends to engage much more closely with the fishing industry than it has done the past. It is doing so in order to equip itself to be an effective and influential official opposition in fisheries. As a baseline for its policies, it needs a sound understanding of the issues confronting all parts of the industry.

Round table with Secretary of State

Round table with Secretary of State

6th July 2017

The top DEFRA ministerial team, led by Secretary of State, Michael Gove, met recently with key UK stakeholders to hear their aspirations and discuss the risks associated with the UK’s departure from the EU.

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