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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Landing Obligation Forum created.

A series of meetings between regulators and the fishing industry, to discuss the implementation issues arising from the landing obligation, have now been formalised as the "Landing Obligation Forum." Another name for the forum could be an "in-year implementation/solutions group."


Defra, the MMO, UKAFPO and the NFFO will meet regularly to assess progress, identify problem areas and work on potential solutions. This means that policy makers, regulators and the broad range of diverse fishing interests (under and over-10m inshore and offshore) are in the room. This is not a policy making group, but it does provide a space where issues can be discussed frankly and give expression to a genuinely collaborative approach. These discussions run parallel to separate conversations being held with processors and retailers, as well as discussions between Defra/MMO and UKAFPO on the more operational aspects of quota management.
The Forum will be chaired by the NFFO and Defra will provide a secretariat to ensure that all action points are followed through.
Identifying potential choke risks and formulating possible solutions will be on the agenda for each meeting, as will regular updates from Defra on developments on the policy side that could have an impact on the industry.
There is a recognition that the industry has done much already to reduce unwanted catch, but improved selectivity and avoidance are inherently difficult in some fisheries, where losses of marketable catch as well as technical issues can be an obstacle. High survival and de minimis exemptions have been central to avoiding serious chokes in 2019, so far. The Group will assess how these are operating.
The group will also discuss the overall performance of the landing obligation and identify where improvements could be made. When the new legislation was adopted in 2013, interspecies flexibility was considered to be a major tool for the avoidance of chokes but has proven to be all but inoperable in practice. The group will discuss this and alternative mechanisms that could help with the integration of the landing obligation into the broader fisheries management system.
The five stocks subject to zero catch advice, and the innovative way of dealing with this through bycatch TACs and bycatch reduction plans, will be a particular focus of attention, simply because they are new and untested.
Big changes such as the landing obligation tend to generate unintended consequences by creating new economic incentives. The Group will keep track of these to ensure that they do not take the industry as a whole in unwelcome directions.
There is wide acknowledgement amongst regulators and the wider industry, that the landing obligation marks a huge change and challenge. Those challenges are best tackled in a cooperative collaborative way and the forum is a vehicle for that cooperation.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Fisheries APPG highlights need for joined-up action on seafood careers



Parliamentarians and representatives from a range of seafood industries came together to discuss issues affecting recruitment into seafood careers in Westminster on Wednesday 12 June. The event was the second public meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fisheries, a cross-party body focused on issues affecting the UK fishing and seafood sector. The Careers on Land and at Sea seminar opened discussion on the challenges facing processing, fishmongering and the supply chain, and how to attract and train new recruits in these industries.




The number of people employed within each segment of the fisheries supply chain is significant - seafood processing alone supplies around 18,000 jobs in the UK. However, there are concerns that not enough young people are being recruited to sustain this workforce. The Parliamentary event earlier this month, chaired by MPs Alistair Carmichael and Melanie Onn, brought together representatives from across the seafood sector to highlight where the most pressing challenges lie, and spark debate on potential solutions.

Fishmonger Rob Wing, of Wing of St Mawes, stressed the challenge that many seafood businesses are facing: “the seafood industry struggles to recruit and retain employees; this is mostly due to the ‘manual’ nature of processing work.” But attendees agreed that this manual work can be both highly skilled and rewarding.

Drawing on a wealth of industry knowledge, CJ Jackson, Principle and Chief Executive of Billingsgate Seafood School, reflected on the little-known benefits of careers in seafood, and the role of building awareness through establishing lifelong habits. “Seafood consumption is still challenging in the UK, and if we can encourage everyone to eat more, and it becomes much more day to day, a career in seafood may be more appealing,” says Jackson.

Despite the diversity of seafood careers on offer, young people entering the jobs market see the sector as unattractive employment. “The biggest challenge is awareness of the opportunities within the sector,” added Simon Dwyer, Manager of Seafox Management Consultants. He, like many others at the event, emphasised that “it is an exciting and multifaceted industry and needs to be portrayed as such.”

The audience consensus was clear. The industry needs to work together to show that seafood careers are an opportunity worth seizing. With clearer messaging on the array of seafood careers available and cross-industry coordination, recruitment into seafood careers could receive a much-needed boost.

The next APPG on Fisheries meeting will cover seafood marketing and certification, with organisers hoping to attract a similar range of engaged voices from across the sector.

A detailed report, outlining the outcomes of the meeting and the routes forward, will be available by shortly, via the APPG website - www.fisheriesappg.org - and newsletter (sign up at https://www.fisheriesappg.org/contact).


Contact: All Party Parliamentary Group on Fisheries Secretariat

secretariat@fisheriesappg.org

Misty Monday morning in Newlyn


Making the most of her extended range capabilities following a major refit, the tangle netter Ygraine landed an excellent shot of monk and turbot...



this should be young Jeremy's last year working the Nazarene once his new boat Galilee  has completed her refit...



off comes tubs of tangle net gear...



just in time for an early morning crew enlightenment session...



luckily, after a weekend of dull but fine weather the market was awash with inshore trawl fish...



with top quality fish a-plenty like these John Dory...



two very different plaice...



luscious lemon sole...



and some superb red mullet from the Imogen III...



more John Dory...



even more John Dory...



and, compared to 10 years ago, a rare blackfish...



hake were provided by the netter Stelissa...



while the beam trawler AA landed a good shot of brill, turbot and Dory...



luckily, many of the local boats are able to land fish that is suitable for use as bait by the growing fleet of crabbers...



caught around 120 miles SW of Newlyn by the Ygraine who also reported that they were still seeing plenty of crawfish in their nets - unheard of for over 30 years...



as per usual in the summer months, the beam trawlers AA  and Cornishman landed good shots of monk, megrim and other flats...



to  go with the Ygraine's monk...



every inshore boat landed a handful of bream, all of them Couch's...



soles, but which kind?..



now that the nights are drawing in it seems that another misty day is just par for the course...



time to start dispatching the morning's purchases...



Nichola of Ladram, the latest addition of the growing south west crabbing fleet...



now that the sailing season is in full swing Newlyn is once again bursting at the seams and pushed for berthing spaces - don't forget to join the harbour's Whatssap group to stay in touch, in addition there is a new visiting vessel form that you can download or complete on-line...



Nereus, that 'Old Man of the Sea' is back in Newlyn with her final landing of Cornish langoustine...



weeks away from the start of the Cornish  sardine season...



regular pontoon users will be glad to see the back of the temporary barriers surrounding the new lifeboat house - access all areas!



no doubt this cute little ball of fluffy feathers will be back next year fully fledged  and poised to dump on unsuspecting harbour uses from on high...



diary date - the not-to-be-missed annual Newlyn raft race is only weeks away - get your raft built now - all monies raised goes to help fund the amazing Newlyn harbour Christmas lights...


good to see Star Inn landlady Debs still does her bit to put a smile on the faces of passers-by.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Misconceptions about the seafood industry are putting off young talent


Campaign developed by Seafish aims to help industry attract young jobseekers

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The next generation see the seafood industry as low skilled and unexciting, leaving seafood businesses struggling to recruit fresh, young talent.
Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry, is calling for the industry to prioritise attracting young people to jobs in the sector, following research which highlighted a number of misconceptions that are currently putting them off.
To better understand attitudes and the barriers that exist, Seafish commissioned research to find out what young people (between the ages of 16 and 18) thought about careers in the seafood sector. The findings make for worrying reading as many of those who took part thought the industry only offered limited career prospects and that friends would make fun of them for working with fish.
The research has informed a new practical guide, designed to help seafood businesses understand what they can do to attract young people. It builds upon The World is Your Oyster campaign which Seafish launched in 2015 to appeal to young jobseekers and highlight the benefits of working in the seafood industry. Seafish is now encouraging seafood businesses to use the updated campaign materials to support recruitment. The free materials, which include a film, infographics and seafood career maps, are also available to schools and colleges.
There has been a recent push to shine the light on some of the inspirational young people already working in the industry through the Young Seafood Leaders Network, run by Seafish, and various industry awards for Young Fisherman of the Year, Young Seafood Chefs of the Year, Young Fishmonger of the Year and Young Fish Frier of the Year. However, the seafood industry is still struggling to attract young talent across the board. This impact of this is potentially even greater for pockets of the industry that rely quite heavily on EU labour with uncertainty around Brexit still on the horizon.
Marcus Coleman, CEO at Seafish, said: “We were already aware of some issues around attracting young jobseekers to seafood careers, but this research has highlighted the misconceptions and perceived barriers that we need to overcome to win over the next generation of talent. It includes a lot of valuable insights which we’ve used to inform a new practical guide for industry that’s full of recruitment advice.
“As a collective seafood industry, we need to shine a light on the positive stories and show young people that it’s possible to carve out an exciting and rewarding career. We need to shout about all the different jobs that are available and the fact that seafood careers can offer young people a chance to travel the world, to become a leader or own a business. With this in mind, we’ve also updated our The World is Your Oyster campaign materials and made them freely available to help get these key messages out.
“Our seafood industry is thriving but we can’t afford to be complacent - it’s vital that we attract young people who can bring so much energy and insight and keep it vibrant for years to come.”

Friday, 21 June 2019

Finally, a flaming June #FishyFriday for the longest day!


Signs of summer as the sardine boats begin to make ready for the start of the season...


and begin to sort deck machinery and nets...


along with removal of the weed beds that have developed since they stopped fishing in March...


another paint job nears completion...
  

Imogen III was just one of the ashore trawlers to put fish ashore...


though fellow skipper Nigel seemed to have fared better on the Dorys...


while the New Venture picked away on a few ray...


the only beam trawler to land struck gold with turbot...


and a few of those much coveted big tub gurnards...


while hake, that most voracious of fish...


was the only netter's contribution from the Ajax...


a trio of two fish tails...


but which fish are they?..


having bought the fish...


young Mr Smart can't get those tallies down fast enough...


not a ripple in the harbour...


to celebrate the summer solstice...


though down the quay there are still plenty of jobs to be done before the boat can go back to sea...


sailing into a flat calm bay...


 young Ben has the crabber Nimrod away...


leaving behind those boats between trips and undergoing repair...


the new Penlee lifeboat house is all but complete.