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E-log problems Raised at North East meeting
The latest of several regional and port meetings organised by the MMO and NFFO to address problems with the implementation of electronic log books, has been held recently in York.
The Federation has on several occasions raised the catalogue of e-log problems experienced by the industry and has highlighted flaws in way the e-log policy has been implemented, at national level. However, it was felt that the only way rapid progress could be made would be if the MMO and DEFRA heard directly from the fishermen who are obliged to use the new equipment and who are facing these problems on a daily basis. The regional/port meetings are therefore an attempt to flush out all of the issues and address them, one by one.
"After a period of denial through which the MMO and DEFRA refused to accept that there was anything wrong, beyond teething troubles, there is now an acceptance that there are a range of fundamental problems with the system; these potentially expose fishermen to prosecution for non-compliance", said Ned Clark, Chairman of the NFFO's North East Committee. "Thankfully, there is now recognition that there are indeed serious problems and these meetings around the coast are an important step forward in resolving them", he added.
The problems fall into a number of categories:
- Lack of adequate guidance
- Lack of advisory support
- High costs