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Friday, 1 July 2016

Quiet market on #FishyFriday at the end of one week post-Brexit.


The market was kept supplied with fish for the weekend when two of the broke short their trips to give the buyers some fish for the weekend...



just as well they did as CNN are in town looking for post-Brexit stories in the region that paradoxically, has received over £1 billion in EU funds yet voted 'Leave'...



in a port where the majority of fish are exported across the channel all eyes will be on how negotiations ensure a fair deal for all concerned - from the boats that catch the fiosh iun terms of where and what they can catch after we 'take back control' to the issue of exporting fish to the EU, our largest consumer by far...



like these lovely lemons - remember to cook these guys on the bone - just get your fishmonger to trim them the fish, not fillet them...



whereas hake, MSC Certified hake of course you can cook whole - roast or poach, fillet or steak - one of the most versatile fish in the sea when it comes to cooking - get your local fishmonger to try it instead of cod - he won't regret it...



one of the sweetest of fish, the delicious John Dory...



and the one that almost everybody can name, the plaice...



hake from the guv'nor, Govenek of Ladram...



name the fish that has this gill plate...



the humble scad, seldom eaten - but well tasty...



monk, top fish for curry and kebab skewers...



the south west supports the most diverse fleet in the UK, just a few of the bigger examples are in port this morning, a trammel netter, beam trawler, gill netter, prawn trawler and just out of sight, a scalloper - all the port's big crabbers are at sea...



the season has yet to sdtart for the Cornsih sardine fleet so it is time to replace worn sections of net, a painstaking process that can only be done by hand...



most of the net is still aboard the boat...



the working deck of the scalloper Aquarius

Quiet market at the end of one week post Brexit.


The market was kept supplied with fish for the weekend when two of the broke short their trips to give the buyers some fish for the weekend...


just as well they did as CNN are in town looking for post-Brexit stories in the region that paradoxically, has received over £1 billion in EU funds yet voted 'Leave'...


in a port where the majority of fish are exported across the channel all eyes will be on how negotiations ensure a fair deal for all concerned - from the boats that catch the fiosh iun terms of where and what they can catch after we 'take back control' to the issue of exporting fish to the EU, our largest consumer by far...


like these lovely lemons - remember to cook these guys on the bone - just get your fishmonger to trim them the fish, not fillet them...


whereas hake, MSC Certified hake of course you can cook whole - roast or poach, fillet or steak - one of the most versatile fish in the sea when it comes to cooking - get your local fishmonger to try it instead of cod - he won't regret it...


one of the sweetest of fish, the delicious John Dory...


and the one that almost everybody can name, the plaice...


hake from the guv'nor, Govenek of Ladram...


name the fish that has this gill plate...


the humble scad, seldom eaten - but well tasty...


monk, top fish for curry and kebab skewers...


the south west supports the most diverse fleet in the UK, just a few of the bigger examples are in port this morning, a trammel netter, beam trawler, gill netter, prawn trawler and just out of sight, a scalloper - all the port's big crabbers are at sea...


the season has yet to sdtart for the Cornsih sardine fleet so it is time to replace worn sections of net, a painstaking process that can only be done by hand...


most of the net is still aboard the boat...


the working deck of the scalloper Aquarius

Thursday, 30 June 2016

MMO - Call for issues with supporting evidence north east, north west, south east and south west marine plan areas

Today the @MMO are launching a ‘Call for Issues with Supporting Evidence’ for the north east, north west, south east and south west marine plan areas.

The MMO says, "Identifying and understanding the opportunities and challenges for the marine plan areas is critical to developing meaningful and tailored marine plans. Local, specialist and industry knowledge is at the heart of this, and your contribution is essential."

"We would like to hear from you about what the opportunities, challenges, and needs of the marine plan areas are over the next 20 years, and what supporting evidence is available."

The call opens today (Thursday 30 June) and closes on Friday 5 August.

We have started to understand some of the issues for each marine plan area which are described in the issues information sheets here. Please read these before responding to the call.

Complete the form with your comments and ideas here

Scotland's fishing industry welcomes decision to leave the EU.



Despite the promises made by those advocating the Brexit, British fishermen have been warned their catch quotas will not be greater and economic issues may increase after the UK leaves the European Union.

These warnings were made by fisheries chiefs and campaigners, who also claimed that the new arrangements negotiated after the Brexit “will not be more generous,” The Guardian reported.

“Promises have been made and expectations raised during the referendum campaign and it is now time to examine if and how they can be delivered,” said the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations.

“We can certainly seek to renegotiate quota shares, as well as access arrangements, but it is realistic to expect that there will be a price. Who will pay that price is a critical question,” the entity stated.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the European commission told the Guardian: “It is far too early to speculate on this question [of what will happen to fisheries]. That will be addressed in due course, once negotiations with the UK begin on its withdrawal agreement as well as on the agreement concerning its future relationship with the EU. For the time being, nothing changes.”

There are only about 11,000 people directly employed in fishing in the UK, and nearly half of them in Scotland.

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong, pointed out the referendum result offered both opportunities and challenges and that it was vital to have clarity from the UK and Scottish governments on their future intentions for fishing.

“After many years we at last have the ability to recover proper, sustainable and rational stewardship through our own Exclusive Economic Zone for fisheries, just like Norway, Iceland and the Faroes,” Armstrong stressed.

The fishery leader is convinced that for Scotland’s economically important fishing industry the new opportunities presented by the referendum result are overwhelmingly for the better and that with leadership exercised at last from the right place, the ills of the past of overfishing and incoherent regulation could be banished.

“We are witnessing another form of ‘Project Fear’ when instead we should be working on the details of how we, at long last, make the best out of the new leadership opportunities presented,” Armstrong claimed.

For his part, economist Griffin Carpenter warned there will be years of renegotiations, and given the small size of fishing compared to other industries, there is little chance it will be seen as a priority,

Other green campaigners called for ministers to draw up a plan for sustainable fishing following the UK’s departure from the EU.

Trevor Hutchings of WWF-UK said: “The government must deliver a coherent plan for maintaining and conserving the marine environment as a whole. This must recognise that fish stocks do not respect national boundaries. Effective management will rely on international cooperation.”

Will McCallum, head of oceans at Greenpeace UK, pointed out that the Westminster government, rather than Brussels, was in charge of allocating the EU-agreed fishing quota, and had chosen for years to give most of it to a handful of large corporations rather than to the smaller fishermen who have most to lose.

He said: “Leaving the EU has often been held up as a magic pill for the UK’s fishing industry. But now we’ve voted to leave, it is far from plain sailing. One thing is clear: the UK government cannot settle back into its old habit of privileging a handful of large companies to the detriment of the UK’s small-scale fishermen. It wasn’t the EU that gave almost two-thirds of the entire fishing quota of England and Wales to just three companies - it was the British government.”

Full story courtesy of the Guardian.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Mizzly mid-week morning market


Just the one prawn trawler still in the harbour this morning...


with the scaffolding still surrounding the foremsts of the Twilight III it could be a few days yet before she is back to sea...


another night stopover for the workboat...


the driving seat of what fishermen sometimes refer to...


 as a gin palace has made Newlyn for the evening...


while neap tides and fine'ish weather mean that all the trawlers and all but a couple of the netters are at sea leaving just a token beam trawler trip...


give Gary something to measure and record this morning...


like these cracking haddock...


juicy John Dory...


despite the below average temperature the market boxes are heavily iced...


so that top quality turbot get to the market in tip-top condition...


and these lively lobsters stay that way...


still no sign of the missing Through the Gaps white coat!


even the gulls think it's a dismal start to the day...


nice little sail boat for sale...


all in a good cause, put the night of Saturday the 23rd of July in your diary and make it a successful fundraising night for the Fishermen's Mission hosted by the Padstow social Club, for some of the cheapest drinks in the port...


although a step ladder is one of 'three things you will never find on a fishing boat' a ladder does come in useful for tidal harbours...


one new trawl all set for the red boat in the background.

Monday, 27 June 2016

French Brexit concerns

The vote by the UK to leave the European Union has raised concerns in France, and fishermen’s federation CNPMEM has watched the situation on the other side of the Channel carefully.



Speaking at its meeting last week, CNPMEM president Gérard Romiti told Secretary of State for Transport, the Sea and Fisheries Alain Vidalies that the choice the UK has made could have serious consequences, commenting that it has to be remembered that the crisis the French fishing sector suffered in the 1990s began with a devaluation of the pound. 

According to a CNPMEM statement, in spite of Alain Vidalies’ assurances, French fishermen are concerned that the UK could adopt a less amicable stance, and Gérard Romiti has called on the French authorities to make early contact with their British counterparts to ensure that French landings in UK ports and French access to shared fishing grounds remain unaffected. The regions of Normandy and Brittany depend on access to UK waters for around 50% of their fishing activities, and there is concern that a renationalisation of waters could take place, without consultation with other states. 

The meeting agreed with the Secretary of State that access to the European market is linked to quota distribution, and French fishermen’s leaders expressed a strong interest in being involved with future developments leading to a UK withdrawal form the EU.

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