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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

NFFO news: Brexit and a few words from ex-Fisheries Minister penned before the election was announced.

The Management of Fisheries within the UK Zone Post-Brexit - how the NFFO would like to see the future of the industry:



Leaving the EU will provide an opportunity to manage our fisheries in a different way. We can:
⦁ Learn from the experience of non-EU countries whose management has evolved in different ways
⦁ Learn the lessons of the last 30 years within the CFP (mainly things to avoid)
⦁ Simplify the regulatory regime and reduce the regulatory burden 
⦁ Develop an effective integrated fisheries administration 
⦁ Explore ways of reducing bureaucracy and cost in fisheries management by shifting away from prescriptive micro-management to a focus on outcomes and results (particularly but not exclusively in the realm of technical conservation measures) 
⦁ Shorten communication chains between regulators and regulated 
⦁ Use increased confidence in catch reporting to reduce the overall level of detailed restriction 

Redesign an integrated regulatory system to better reflect the new conditions outside the CFP to achieve: 

⦁ High quality policy decisions and effective negotiations
⦁ Proportionate risk-focussed enforcement
⦁ High levels of understanding and compliance 
⦁ Decisions based on solid evidence base




Governance arrangements and the Management of Fisheries


We envisage two layers of management post- Brexit:

1. The design and implementation of measures by the UK authorities that will apply to all vessels operating within UK waters. These would apply to UK vessels and to non-UK vessels operating within UK waters alike. Technical conservation measures would be the obvious example.
2. Where there are shared stocks, it will be desirable to have a mechanism to jointly set agreed exploitation rates, quota shares, access arrangements and long term management strategies

We anticipate that the UK will have much more freedom of movement than under the CFP to design and apply a customised management regime covering:

⦁ Technical conservation measures
⦁ Fleet management and capacity
⦁ Discard Policy
⦁ Market policy

We envisage all aspects of UK policy will be anchored in sustainability and profitability.


The NFFO's previous newsletter contained some excerpts from a letter to them form George Eustice, ex-Fisheries MP

MINISTER PROVIDES BREXIT ASSURANCES


In a letter received before the announcement of the General Election, Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, has sought to allay the NFFO’s concerns over the level of Government’s ambition for the fishing industry after the UK leaves the EU.


"Although the “Great Repeal Bill” will transfer much European law into UK legislation, to be revised by Parliament over time, the Minister makes clear that key aspects will change from day one. Most significantly, the arrangements for TAC setting and access arrangements will reflect the UK’s new status as an independent coastal state.

The industry has concerns about being ensnared in unworkable CFP rules even after the UK has left because of an anticipated bottleneck in Parliamentary time available to revise the law. Top of the list of anxieties is the implementation of the landings obligation which will come fully into force for mixed demersal fisheries on 1st January 2019 without any clear idea of how the problem of chokes will be resolved.

Selected parts of a letter from Fisheries Minister, George Eustice MP, to the NFFO on 19th April 2017

“Fisheries will be a key area in the EU Exit negotiations. We have a ‘once in a generation’ chance to regenerate UK fishing grounds and improve the conditions under which they are fished."

"As I have previously mentioned, we are currently analysing all EU fisheries legislation. No decision has yet been made on the extent to which the EU legislation governing the Common Fisheries Policy will be incorporated into domestic law. However, as we leave, we will look to dis-apply the key elements of the CFP that are most unpopular and unworkable for the UK as a coastal state, including those on mutual access and EU-level quota setting. We will take the opportunity to develop a fisheries regime that is better suited to our seas and industries. We are considering the issue of the London Fisheries Convention carefully to ensure that we have full control of UK waters after we leave the EU and, as the Prime Minister said on 29 March 2017, we hope to be able to say something on this point soon."

"More specifically, the Government will continue to champion sustainable fisheries and are committed to ongoing co-operation with other countries over the management of shared stocks."

"I note your concern about the implementation of the EU landing obligation. I can assure you that we will continue to work with the industry to ensure that the transitions to full implementation in 2019 is as smooth as possible and that we remain committed to ending discards. We are working with other member States and industry to identify the best solutions to deal with choke species."

"I have greatly welcomed the information and ideas that you and other stakeholder groups have provided us with, in the months since the referendum. I have asked my officials to step up the level of engagement with you and other stakeholders over the coming months, and I would encourage you to continue your participation. I hope this reassures that the government remains committed to delivering the best possible outcome for the UK fishing industry as we leave the EU.”

The Minister’s letter provide the most detailed insight yet into the Government’s thinking about its aspirations for fishing post Brexit and are closely aligned with the Federation’s own ambitions. Whoever forms the next government after the general election, and whoever forms the ministerial team for fisheries, the NFFO will work to ensure that these commitments are delivered.

Minutely surveying the harbour - in more ways than one!


Great to see the next generation of fisherman coming through - and what better way to learn than aboard Dad's punt working a few post and handlining - there are plans afoot to invest in a small fleet of punts specifically for trainee fishermen to cut their teeth the way fishermen have throughout history - start small and work your way up - by doing so and appreciating the vagaries of the weather, understanding how the tide affects fishing gear and fish behaviour, learning what knot to tie and why, practising boat handling skills all learned at first hand and backed up by a sound knowledge of the rules of the road make for a sound fisherman that any skipper would want to have on board and bring on...



Girl Pamela looking as good as the day she came out of the mould in 1988...



plenty of scallops going ashore form the big Brixham scalloper Anne Marie...



Karen of Ladram slips in through the gaps with another haul of MSC Certified Cornish hake...



closely followed by the new Rowse crabber, Harriet Eve...



probably the smallest cat ever to grace the harbour with its presence, the ROV survey vessel, Inception...



operated by a team from Swathe Services based here in Cornwall...



the miniature survey vessel is controlled remotely and can survey inside closed waters like a harbour far more efficiently than a larger vessel could...



not least because the boat is easily stopped out moved out of the way so as not to encumber normal working traffic in a busy fishing port like Newlyn...



data is fed wirelessly back to a laptop and the software processes the data to enable full coverage of the survey area - post processing allows an accurate 3D chart of the harbour to be modeled for use by the harbour authority saving thousands of pounds over traditional big-boat methods...



the boat has sufficient range to work well away from the operator thereby maintaining safety of operations at all times without compromising any of the port's workings...



compare that to the kind of vessel that would be commissioned in the past!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Monday morning in Newlyn.


Another day starts for Jamie Roberts aboard the Three Jays...


while inside the fish market there is just the one beam trawler and a handful of inshore trawlers along with two mystery netters this morning...


more like a box of snakes...


cod showing off their blood-red gills...


the plaice's tail...


the head of the meg, as megrim sole are known...


young Roger Nowell's haul of John Dory...


from a sea of them...


though Tom on the Harvest Reaper managed to steal a few this trip...


while Bracken scooped up a few reds...


and a handful of haddock...


a solitary prize specimen of a John Dory...


with its remarkable tail...


while Mr Curtiss stuck to his soles...


all of the boats seemed to get lucky...


 with a single bit butt each...


though mystery netter one, the Ygraine's was not quite...


the beast from the Elisabeth Veronique...


you know where you are...


almost celestial this morning...


and rays of sunshine are not the only rays on the market...


but there was another big shot of hake from the other mystery netter, the Ajax...


her fish getting the once-over form the buyers...


with keen bidding and good prices...


Radio 4's In Business production team were on the market this morning talking here to Paul Trebilcock from the CFPO about Brexit and the future of fishing from a Newlyn,perspective...


with a few hake ear-wigging the conversation form their boxes...


T is for turbot...


and H is for MSC Certified Cornish hake...


two inshore trawlers queue for ice...


one VHF radio for sale, a bargain!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Newlyn boat montage.



A short video showcasing some of the boats that have passed Through the Gaps in the last few months.

Friday, 19 May 2017

May the 19th #FishyFriday


Just the one Scottish prawner in port last night...


and her whitefish (the prawns go by lorry back to Scotland for processing) went on the market this morning along with six other inshore trawlers' fish and another mystery netter...


cracking line caught fish form the pollack king, Dave Smith on the Sea Spray...


while Brackan popped a good shot of lemons ashore...


while Tom on the Harvest Reaper bashed a few of young Mr Nowell's JDs on the head...


all of which kept the buyers busy bidding...


two shades of Dover sole...


name this fish...


when it comes to red fish these red mullet take some beating...


though a tub gurnard, buried in sea salt and baked whole are truly delicious - give them 30-40 minutes in a hot oven......


a pair of bug brill, much beloved of British Airways transatlantic flights at one time...


best butt on the market...


rare and very expensive this morning- the not so humble mackerel...


you've been framed...


true to the man's word, the occasional shower forecast duly arrived at 7am...


not before a superb shot of MSC Certified hake sold quickly on the market from this morning's mystery netter, the Govenek of Ladram...


who also provided a few cracking big red mullet...


and this huge 5kg plaice!..


ahead of the inshore netter, Sovereign Ocean Fish's scalloper Men Dhu has just arrived to unload her catch...


life on the edge...


there are net drums...


and net drums...


the port's newest sardine boat's is all but rigged ready for sea...


while the Radiance is half way through her paint job.