and a discussion of fishing post-Brexit, featured heavily on BBC Farming Today recently.
New Helm for NFFO South West Committee
Brixham fisherman, Steve Parker, has been elected as the Chairman of the NFFO’s South West Committee at the Committee’s latest meeting in Plymouth on 30th June.
He takes over the helm from John Butterwith who has worked hard and steered the Committee since 2011. Steve is supported by John Balls, Clovelly fisherman and Chairman of the North Devon Fishermen’s Association who was also elected as Vice Chairman at the meeting.
Steve who is also very active on the Federation’s Executive Committee said: “I’ll be working to build upon John’s legacy for the Committee to deal with the myriad of issues facing the industry in the South West today. As a non-sector fisherman myself, I’m keen to see that we get sensible and workable management and licensing arrangement moving forward for those fishing the quota pools, particularly given the looming landings obligation affecting demersal fisheries from next year. Bass is also a key issue and the application of emergency measures must recognise the need to keep fishing businesses afloat through this difficult period.”
“We’ll also be looking to engage and get the right deal for the industry on the management of MPAs and new potential designations, new marine developments and on new byelaws coming from the region’s IFCAs,” he said.
The Committee reviewed the policy developments across a wide range of these areas at the meeting. Productive discussions were also held with invited guests Alyx Elliott from the NGO World Animal Protection on positive actions on fishing marine litter, and Libby Ross from the Devon and Severn IFCA on the North Devon Ray Pilot Project, which is working to improve understanding of the stocks so that management measures can be better tailored to the local fleet.
The next meeting of the Committee is tabled for 29th September.