Archive for January, 2009

More support for catching sector

More support for catching sector

The Scottish Government is to carry out a detailed study into the profitability of the Scottish fleet and develop new ways to enhance its success and resilience. The study will involve consultation events in fishing communities across Scotland. Skippers and representatives of fishing communities, among others, will work together to devise actions for each fleet […]

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Cod bank

Cod bank

Iceland is set to increase its annual catch quota by 30,000 tons from 130,000 tons to 160,000 tons, according to the latest reports from Reykjavik The news comes somewhat as a shock as only a few months ago the Icelandic Government was insisting that cod quotas would not be increased this year, however the credit […]

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UK Government won’t fight Art47

UK Government won’t fight Art47

Bill Wiggin MP, the Conservative Party’s Shadow Fisheries Minister, attacked the Government for failing to take action to save the recreational sea angling from damaging EU proposals. After Environment Secretary Hilary Benn refused to oppose Article 47 or even acknowledge angler’s concerns in the House of Commons, Bill Wiggin said: “By refusing to stand up […]

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West Coast decommissioning

West Coast decommissioning

Mike Park, executive chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association (SWFPA) said yesterday that he will meet with the Mallaig and North-West Fishermen’s Association in a bid to come to a common position on a call for a new decommissioning scheme. Mallaig chairman John MacAlister has been backed by his membership to call for […]

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West coast megrim

West coast megrim

The Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association is trying to safeguard the interests of a group of 15 vessels which predominantly fish for megrim who are being forced to increase their mesh size from 100mm to 120mm in the name of whitefish selectivity. Mike Park, the executive chairman of the SWFPA said he believed that more […]

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Conservatives seek to exclude angling from Article 47

Conservatives seek to exclude angling from Article 47

A Council Regulation on control systems for compliance with the CFP will be discussed in the Fisheries Committee in January. While Conservatives support moves to ensure vigorous compliance with measures which seek to protect and conserve fish stocks, we are deeply concerned at the proposal contained in Article 47 of the Regulation, which will effectively […]

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New research into angling

New research into angling

A major, new research programme on the social and community benefits of angling starts in January 2009. The research is being carried out by Substance and is funded by the Big Lottery Research Fund. It is entitled: ‘The Social and Community Benefits of Angling’. The Big Lottery grant will fund a three-year project from January […]

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12 mile limit to be scrapped ?

12 mile limit to be scrapped ?

13/01/09 Discussing a report on the Commission communication “The role of the Common Fisheries Policy in implementing an ecosystem approach to marine management”, the EU Parliament expressed its deep concern at the possibility of any change being made to the common fisheries policy (CFP) as regards the right of access to resources, and considered it […]

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