FISHupdate briefing

FISHupdate briefing

CAT THAT GOT THE CREAM OF THE CATCH THE term cat burglar has taken on a whole new meaning after a ginger cat sneaked into a sea food store at Vladivostok airport, Russia and treated itself to fish from the deli counter. The cat’s special meal, which included squid and flatfish, was worth almost £1,000. The feline burglar also wentContinue Reading

Ministers ‘struck a balance’ – NFFO

Ministers ‘struck a balance’ – NFFO

THE National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations has said that EU ministers this week managed to strike a balance between ensuring fishing livelihoods were protected, while  continuing to rebuild fish stocks. The NFFO, which represents English, Welsh and Northern Ireland fishermen, said despite pressure from environmental lobby groups, ministers took advantage of the flexibilities provided for them by theContinue Reading

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Scottish pelagic industry call for Faroes rethink

Scottish pelagic industry call for Faroes rethink

REPRESENTATIVES of the Scottish pelagic industry have again called on the Scottish and UK Governments to renegotiate fishing agreements with the Faroe Islands after the country signed a Free Trade Agreement with Turkey earlier this week. It comes a week after bi-lateral talks between the EU and the Faroe Islands failed to respond to callsContinue Reading

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Brussels deal worth an additional £10 million to Scottish fleet

Brussels deal worth an additional £10 million to Scottish fleet

THE deal agreed in Brussels will be worth an additional £10 million next year to Scotland’s whitefish and prawn fleets, according to initial estimates. This will bring the total economic value of these fleets to Scotland’s fishing industry to a total of around £210 million, Scottish Fishing Secretary Richard Lochhead said today. Speaking as heContinue Reading

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Funding boost for rural Scottish communities

Funding boost for rural Scottish communities

SCOTTISH community groups and charities are the happy recipients of Heart of the Community grants from Scottish Sea Farms for winter 2014. A total of £45,000 is being distributed in the latest and final round of financial grants in 2014. Groups that have been given the good news so far include: Oban Celtic Shinty Club willContinue Reading

Skills boost for burgeoning Scottish aquaculture

Skills boost for burgeoning Scottish aquaculture

SIMON MacLellan, the talented 24-year-old aquaculture trainee working for Marine Harvest in Lochaber and winner of the Lantra Scotland Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award 2013, is leading a new wave of Modern Apprentices into an expanding fisheries and aquaculture management sector. With new Government targets for marine production set to increase to 210,000 tonnes andContinue Reading

Europeche President comments on quota agreement

Europeche President comments on quota agreement

COMMENTING on the AGRIFISH Council decisions on fishing opportunities 2015, Javier Garat, President of Europeche, said: ‘I welcome the fact that the Council have finally reached a decision on next year’s fishing opportunities, the first time since tough new rules on MSY targets were introduced in the CFP reform.  ‘The Council have tried to bring aContinue Reading

Quota agreement ‘reasonably positive’, say Scottish fishing leaders

Quota agreement ‘reasonably positive’, say Scottish fishing leaders

TWO of Scotland’s largest fishing organisations have welcomed the outcome of the December Fisheries Council as ‘reasonably positive’ for their members. Leaders of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association (SWFPA) and the Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA) also said that they welcomed pressure from the Scottish Government on the European Commission to face up to theContinue Reading

Scottish Government welcomes quota agreement

Scottish Government welcomes quota agreement

A NEW fish deal was agreed in Brussels yesterday, which gives better than expected quotas. The Scottish government welcomed the agreement, which includes a freeze on proposed cuts to the days when fishermen can go to sea, and gains in key quotas. The UK government also said it had secured ‘the best possible deal’. There are increasesContinue Reading

SFF: Fishermen welcome quotas, but fear discard ban

SFF: Fishermen welcome quotas, but fear discard ban

THE Fisheries Council talks to finalise catching opportunity for 2015 concluded in Brussels last night, with the agreement on quotas bringing some stability for the Scottish fleet – although huge fears remain over the potential impact of the discard ban. The agreement has resulted in increases for West coast haddock (+14%), North Sea prawns (+15%),Continue Reading

UK Government: Fishing quotas ‘a fair deal for fishermen’

UK Government: Fishing quotas ‘a fair deal for fishermen’

IN a statement issued last night, the UK government said it has delivered a fair deal for fishermen, striking the right balance between supporting business and conserving fish stocks to safeguard the future livelihoods of our fishing fleets and their local communities. This follows negotiations at the annual EU Fisheries and Agriculture Council, where fishingContinue Reading

‘Very difficult’ meetings in Brussels for Irish Fisheries Minister

‘Very difficult’ meetings in Brussels for Irish Fisheries Minister

THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, took part in very difficult meetings yesterday on the deep cuts to white fish quotas proposed by the Commission which continued late last night. Early morning meetings continue on difficult negotiations on quota allocations. The Minister is insisting on a fair deal for IrishContinue Reading

Europêche management confirmed for another two years

Europêche management confirmed for another two years

AT its General Assembly held yesterday, Europêche confirmed the mandate of its President, Javier Garat, for another two years. Garat is Secretary general of CEPESCA, the Spanish Fishing Confederation. The four Vice-presidents also re-elected for the same period are: Barrie Deas; Marc Ghiglia; Gerard Van Balsfoort; and Luigi Giannini. Niels Wichmann was appointed Treasurer ofContinue Reading

UK Fisheries Minister urged to rethink MMO decision

UK Fisheries Minister urged to rethink MMO decision

THE National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations has described a decision by UK Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, to reject demands for an independent review of the Marine Management Organisation’s fisheries functions as a ‘mistake’. Replying to a Federation open letter, Eustice argued that while there may have been problems with the MMO in the past, they were now onContinue Reading