Ron Graham Re-elected as West Coast Committee Chairman

10th December 2012 in West Coast

Ron Graham was re-elected as Chairman of the NFFO West Coast Committee at its meeting in Whitehaven on 7th December 2012

Ron who is also Secretary of Whitehaven Fishermen’s Association was first elected as Chairman of the Committee in 2009. He is joined by Trevor Owen as Vice Chairman of the Committee, a vacant post following the sad passing away of Dick Langley in 2011. Trevor is also Chairman of Morecambe and Heysham Fisherman’s Association.

Ron said: “These are challenging times for the Industry and it is imperative that in our response to such we speak with one voice. The West Coast Committee membership represents the broad church approach adopted by the NFFO with members from all sectors of the Industry, large and small, working with the sole aim of looking after the interests of fishermen”.

The Committee covers the interests of the English fishing industry in the Eastern Irish Sea, and meets along the English Irish Sea ports throughout the year.

The meeting addressed the following issues:

  • Catherine Murphy of the MMO joined the meeting to provide guidance on accessing EFF funding. The Committee also reviewed the status of funding available from the North and West Cumbria Fisheries Local Action Group and other sources available or expected to be available to the industry in the near future. This includes the West of Morecambe Fisheries Fund, a fund being established by the Dong Energy, Vattenfall and Scottish and Southern Energy to support fishing industry initiatives in association with the West of Duddan, Ormonde and Walney 1 and 2 offshore wind farm projects.
  • Invitations were requested for applications for life jackets under a NFFO members’ £10 life jacket scheme and applications to the NFFO training trust fund which support all aspects of training.
  • TACs and quotas for 2013 and the status of the Cod Recovery Plan were reviewed.
  • The Committee agreed to examine the arrangements for cockle and mussel permits under new NWIFCA bye-law provisions.
  • Updates were received on:
    • The status of the domestic quota reform agenda
    • Implementation of the Concordat arrangements establishing the framework to enable the respective UK fisheries administrations to pursue quota and licensing arrangements.
    • Work to select new Birds Directive Marine Protected Areas including a potential site in the Solway Firth and the possible additions of little gulls and terns to the Liverpool bay SPA.
    • Defra plans to progress management measures for all Habitats and Birds Directive European Marine Sites in English waters which aims to establish management measures from the end of 2013 for priority conservation features and have in place remaining measures by 2016.
    • The anticipated public consultation on Marine Conservation Zone proposals in English waters.