Two-year discards deal

Fishermen will have two years to ‘adapt’ before sanctions for failing to comply with the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) discard ban take effect, under a tentative EU deal struck yesterday. The agreement amends the ‘omnibus’ regulation setting out detailed arrangements for enforcing the ban. MEPs sought to make small fishermen’s lives easier by restrictingContinue Reading

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Shetland talks ‘constructive’

Shetland talks ‘constructive’

Following a meeting between skippers and Scottish fisheries minister Richard Lochhead at the NAFC Marine Centre yesterday, Shetland Fishermen’s Association chairman Leslie Tait said he was pleased with the frank and constructive discussion that took place. ‘The industry in Shetland is fearful of the impact of any reform to the quota system,’ said Mr Tait.Continue Reading

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French praise for Scottish salmon

French praise for Scottish salmon

The Scottish Salmon Company showcased its premium salmon and production expertise to more than 185,000 chefs, buyers and hoteliers from across the world at an exhibition in Lyon, France, last weekend. The Edinburgh based firm was invited to attend the annual Sirha exhibition, a world famous professional trade show open to the top line foodContinue Reading

Skipper’s poor safety ‘nearly cost lives’

TWO fishermen who went to sea unprepared put themselves and others in ‘significant danger’, a marine investigation has found. Skipper Jim Reid, 75, and his grandson David Irvine, 35, sparked a massive North Sea search and rescue effort when they vanished in thick fog on an early morning trip in their 16ft creel boat Water-railContinue Reading

Scotsman hooks US audience

A Scottish fisherman has become a hit on American television with tales of his tuna catches – but viewers needed subtitles to understand Angus Campbell’s accent. Captain Campbell featured on a channel available in some 39 million households after a US fishing expert heard how he landed his first blue fin tuna, off the OuterContinue Reading

Minister to meet Shetland skippers

Minister to meet Shetland skippers

THE discard ban must be implemented in a way that does not damage the viability of the Scottish fleet and which is workable for fishermen, said Scottish fisheries minister Richard Lochhead ahead of a visit to Shetland this afternoon. ‘The fishing industry is very important to Scotland’s economy and contributes over £400 million in revenuesContinue Reading

Leap in Scottish salmon exports

Leap in Scottish salmon exports

Exports of Scottish salmon are expected to reach nearly £480 million for 2014, thanks to growth in emerging markets in the Far East and improved demand in France. After a 36 per cent increase in 2013, last year provided further good news, with exports reaching £457 million by November, Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of theContinue Reading

Hopes fade for four crew

HOPES of finding the four man crew of a missing Belgian trawler were starting to fade today. The search was suspended early this morning but is likely to be resumed later. However, the rescue services in the English Channel where the fishing boat was reported missing said the chances of rescue were now looking slim. The BelgianContinue Reading

Record rescues by Scottish lifeboats

Record rescues by Scottish lifeboats

Scotland’s lifeboat crews rescued a record number of people in 2014, according to new figures from the RNLI. The volunteers went to the aid of almost 1,175 people last year, compared with 1,008 the previous year. Crews from the 47 stations across Scotland were called out 1,004 times, up from 995 in 2013. Broughty FerryContinue Reading

Students wanted for work placements

Students wanted for work placements

THE Marine Institute of Ireland is inviting students to apply for a number of work experience placements for this summer. Worth €2,200 each for an eight-week placement, the bursaries are based in various locations, including the Marine Institute Oranmore, Co Galway; Newport, Co Mayo; Harcourt Street, Dublin; and ports around the country. The bursary programmeContinue Reading