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Parliamentary Support for the Fishing Industry

Parliamentary Support for the Fishing Industry

3rd April 2019

At a critical juncture in the Brexit process, around 70 parliamentarians gathered yesterday at an event in the Palace of Westminster, organised by the NFFO and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation. The event was designed to provide a platform through which parliamentarians could express support for the fishing industry. Fisheries Minister, Robert Goodwill addressed the event, as did Shadow Fisheries Minister, Luke Pollard and Lib-Democrat Fisheries Spokesman, Alistair Carmichael.

Pulse Voluntary Closed Areas Extended for Another Year

Pulse Voluntary Closed Areas Extended for Another Year

28th February 2019

The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations and Dutch fishing associations VisNed and Ned. Vissersbond, have reached agreement on continuing voluntary closed areas for pulse fishing for a second year. The closed areas in which no pulse fishing will take place, are designed to ease pressure on areas sensitive for English east coast inshore fishermen.

Fisheries Bill

Fisheries Bill

11th January 2019

Both sides of the Christmas break have seen intense activity at Westminster as the Fisheries Bill, the first piece primary fisheries legislation for decades, passes through the parliamentary process. The central purpose of the Bill is to provide UK fisheries ministers with powers to set quotas and control access over fishing in UK waters, when the UK leaves the EU - and therefore the CFP.

Fisheries Council December 2018

Fisheries Council December 2018

20th December 2018

The last Fisheries Council in which the UK will participate as an EU member state concluded in the early hours of 19th December. It was dominated by issues relating to chokes in mixed fisheries, particularly those for which zero catch advice had been given. As expected, whilst some progress was made at the Brussels meeting, many difficult issues remain to be resolved in the New Year and beyond.

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