Tuesday, 28 June 2022

MSC Board of Trustees unanimously approves new Fisheries Standard

MSC Certified Cornish Hake - one of 539.

New version will ensure MSC-certified fisheries continue to be recognised as global leaders in sustainability

After a comprehensive four-year review, involving over 1,000 stakeholders and significant scientific research, the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the new version of its Fisheries Standard, hailing it as a ‘major achievement’.

539 fisheries are currently certified to the Standard, representing 16% of wild marine catch, making it the largest sustainable fishing programme in the world. The influence of the MSC Fisheries Standard extends far beyond this, with its requirements used globally as a framework for those seeking to improve ocean sustainability.

The review involved the most extensive consultation ever undertaken by the organisation – including fisheries, scientists, assessors, environmental NGOs and industry representatives. It addressed some of the most difficult issues facing the ocean, including protecting marine biodiversity, incentivising stronger ocean governance, whilst providing tools to expand accessibility of the MSC’s market-based sustainability programme to small-scale and emerging market fisheries.

The significant improvements approved by the Board will ensure that MSC-certified fisheries continue to be recognised as world leaders in sustainability, helping to drive progress towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including the target of ending overfishing. As the new Standard is rolled out and implementation begins, MSC experts will be making available a full programme of training and guidance to support fisheries and assessors apply the new requirements.

In a statement

issued by the MSC’s Board of Trustees on Friday 24th June 2022, its Chairman, Dr Werner Kiene, said: “We would like to thank all of those who have contributed to this review – in particular, the MSC’s scientists who led this extensive, complex review with great dedication and expertise, as well members of our governance bodies from all parts of the world, who have generously given their time and knowledge to shape this new Standard. We recognise the value of this exceptional work.  The Board is keenly aware of the importance of the MSC Fisheries Standard, and its role in driving change in our ocean. While there are sometimes competing views of what should be in the Standard and where the bar is set, we strongly believe that this new version strikes the right balance between setting a high ambition for sustainability with the need to make sure that the requirements are practical for the best performing fisheries around the world to implement over appropriate transition timelines.”

Rupert Howes, Chief Executive of the MSC said:

“I am profoundly grateful for the enormous amount of stakeholder engagement and input over four years and for the dedication and hard work undertaken by MSC’s Governance Bodies that has enable MSC’s Board of Trustees to approve the new standard.  On the eve of the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon the world’s attention is increasingly focusing on the critical need to ensure our ocean resources are managed sustainably, for this and future generations. MSC’s new Fisheries Standard will deliver real benefits and contribute to accelerating the delivery of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through the continued engagement and support of our partners. This is good news for the ocean, fishers and consumers.”

The improvements include:

· A new approach to protect endangered, threatened or protected species. Fisheries will be expected to minimise their impacts on such species to help their population recover. · A Fins Naturally Attached policy will be mandatory in all fisheries that retain sharks. These measures will strengthen the existing ban on shark-finning in MSC-certified fisheries.

  • · Some existing requirements have been stream-lined with the objective of making assessments more efficient and improvements in methods to aid data-limited fisheries, will improve accessibility.
  • · New measures for multi-jurisdictional fisheries, managed by RFMOs, to secure credible, robust harvest strategies. ·

New evidence requirements will ensure that fisheries - especially those operating on the high seas with unwanted catch that includes, for example, marine birds – will have to produce stronger proof of how they are managing their impacts.

The new version of the Standard will be published in October 2022. Fisheries entering assessment for the first time will apply the new Standard from May 2023. While certified fisheries have a maximum of six years – a reduction of the previous transition time - to adjust their practises to meet the new Standard.

Monday, 27 June 2022

Sunny Monday in Newlyn.

Sardine boat, Pelagic Marksman upon the hard for a pre-season hull check...

on the final Monday morning market in June there is plenty of top quality fish to chose from...

which the buyers cannot wait to whisk away, jus check out the nimble footwork of Little Graham...

as over 300 boxes of hake from skipper Chunky on the Ajax...

is followed by another 2300 from the twins on the Ygraine...

a fine pair of turbot...

and a couple of huge threshers should keep those BBQs supplied with top tasting fish...

Mad Joe heads in with his morning's mackerel...

and waits patiently while the grading machine is used by young Mr Pascoe to help sort his morning's line-caught mackerel...

there are still plenty of spurdogs across the grounds...

and pollack for those prepared to look...

while proper summer fish like these red mullet...

John Dory...

and pristine turbot...

if only they were all the size of this huge plaice...

a fine example of a spur on one of the Stelissa's dogs...

the grinning smoothound...

and yet another mediterranean octo...

along with a few bass...

and big cod...

sadly, the door of harbour cafe remains firmly closed so there is no chance of an early morning full English for the port's workers...

beautiful big 'butt...

 always good to see there's mackerel around and see punts queueing to land.

Sunday, 26 June 2022

Sunny Sunday in the Bay

Classic sailing vessel Maybe is in the bay for Quay Day as part of Golowan Festival...

the boys have landed another top quality hake trip from the good ship Ygraine...

a whole host of Rowse crabbers...

as Penlee lifeboat heads out at speed...

with young Kenny D aboard...

to see the ship he spends most of his waking time aboard...

the nautical equivalent of a fly-past I guess...

young Sheriff has just emerged from his chores down in the engine room of the Cornishman...

before trimming a few lemon soles...

and haddock he has smoked and is now dry-curing, a common sight aboard the fleet of Belgian and Dutch boats that used to visit Newlyn during spells of bad winter weather in days of yore...

the classic lines looking aft...

and for'ard on the maybe...d

time for the lifeboat to head back...

for the gaps...

visiting Brixham beam trawler, Our Pamela Jill...

and another classic yacht indeed graces the end pontoon berths.


June APPG on Fisheries newsletter.


Welcome to the APPG on Fisheries newsletter. Through regular updates, we aim to keep you informed of policy developments, Parliamentary announcements and sector headlines. We also provide round-ups of current Committee inquiries and fisheries-focused monitoring of the Parliamentary record, Hansard.
Use the links below to rapidly navigate around the newsletter.

Parliament and Government News | Fisheries News | Hansard Monitoring
We are pleased to announce our second event of 2022, on ways to better connect the seafood sector with food policy and the wider food supply chain in the UK. In a first for the APPG, this event taking place on Tuesday 14 July will be hybrid, with both in-person and online tickets available. Attendance is free.
Event Sign-up
In December 2021, the APPG Secretariat gathered experiences of Brexit and its impacts from a range of people across the UK fishing industry. Our new report showcases what they told us, and what they believe should happen next.
Read the Report

Parliament and Government News

Parliamentary Debate Held on the UK's Inshore Fisheries

Anthony Mangnal MP led a Parliamentary debate on 14 June, on issues facing the UK’s small-scale and inshore fishing fleet. MPs from across the UK and across parties raised a range of issues including fishing quotas, food security, regulations, and export difficulties, which all pose serious challenges to the sector.
Committee Hears Evidence on the UK Seafood Fund

Earlier this month, the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee held its first inquiry into the UK Seafood Fund. Key industry figures spoke about their expectations for the Fund, and how it could be improved to increase its positive impacts on the industry as well as coastal communities.
Specialised Committee on Fisheries Publishes Minutes

Minutes have been published for the third meeting of the Specialised Committee on Fisheries, which was held on 27 April. The Committee monitors the implementation and functioning of the fisheries element of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, including setting of quotas for shared stocks.
UK Government Launches Consultation on Marine Net Gain

Defra has opened a consultation on “marine net gain”, an approach to marine development that aims to help the UK reach net zero while protecting key marine species and habitats. Marine industries and other users of the UK marine environment are encouraged to provide input.

Fisheries News

A round-up of the latest UK-relevant fishing news from a variety of sources.
New Restrictions on Fishing Activities in Four English MPAs Enter Force
New MMO byelaws have come into force that prohibit some fishing methods from four offshore marine protected areas in English waters, including Dogger Bank.

Fisheries Ministers for the UK and Norway Meet to Discuss Cooperation
Victoria Prentis recently met her Norway counterpart Bjørnar Skjæran to discuss mutual access, quotas, and reducing trade barriers for Norwegian seafood.

New Statutory Funding for Conservation of North Atlantic Salmon in Scotland
The Scottish Government will provide £500,000 of funding to support conservation measures to reverse the decline in wild North Atlantic salmon stocks. 

ICES Workshop to be Held on Management of North Sea Cod Stocks
ICES will hold a workshop later this year with fishing industry representatives, including from the UK, to discuss North Sea cod stock statuses and assessments.

APPG for the Ocean Seeks Evidence on Ocean-Based Solutions to Climate Change
The APPG for the Ocean is conducting an inquiry into ocean-based solutions to climate change. Contact sarah@tendoconsulting.co.uk for details on how to respond.

Hansard Monitoring

Hansard is the official record of debates, votes and ministerial statements in Parliament. Our newsletters gather together any debates or questions concerning fisheries that have recently taken place.

Question | Defra | 21 June | Fuel Costs for the Under-10 Metre Fishing Sector

Debate | Holyrood | 21 June | Measures to Improve Seabird Conservation 

Question | Defra | 20 June | Increasing Supply and Addressing Rising Costs of Fish

Question | Defra | 17 June | Setting Fishing Quotas in Excess of Scientific Advice

Question | Defra | 17 June | Setting Catch Limits for Cod to Allow Recovery

Question | Defra | 17 June | Banning Some Fishing Gears from all MPAs

Question | Defra | 16 June | Setting Fishing Quotas in Excess of Scientific Advice

Debate | House of Commons | 14 June | Small-Scale and Inshore Fishing Fleet 

Question | Defra | 13 June | Standardising the Marking of Creels in the UK

Question | Defra | 13 June | Preventing Seabed Fishing Near Navigational Marks

Question | Defra | 9 June | Timeframe for Banning Bottom Trawling in MPAs

For more information, contact the APPG on Fisheries Secretariat

Jacob Ashton & Chantal Lyons

Friday, 24 June 2022

The Cornish Fish Producers' Organisation June 2022 Newsletter


The Cornish Fish


June 2022 Newsletter

Dear member,

We’re more than six months into 2022 and it's been a tumultuous first half of the year, with countless global challenges impacting our industry, primarily the ever-increasing price of fuel. However, we’re now beginning to embark on a new era of fisheries management opportunities, with the six front-runner Fisheries Management Plans (FMP) beginning to consult with the industry. Co-management seems to be the buzzword, as policy, science and industry set out to develop new plans for a range of fish and shellfish species. Given the early stages of this work, it’s a very important time to engage in these discussions and raise key priorities in order to steer the plans in the right direction from the outset. 

To supplement this work, the CFPO has been collaborating with a Fisheries Industry Science Partnership (FISP) project, funded by the £100m UK Seafood Fund, focusing on the mixed fishery in the Celtic Sea. The partnership includes the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and other POs, and will begin to build necessary evidence across a range of species for future management.

Safety and the introduction of the new Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) under-15m vessel code has been a challenge for some throughout recent months, with stability becoming one of the main focus points for the MCA. With these changes, it is welcomed timing that the NFFO has successfully recruited Charles Blyth as their new Risk, Safety and Training Lead. Charles is an ex-MCA surveyor, so brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the industry. You can expect more information on this initiative, as well as other live projects, fisheries management plans, finance support and safety announcements within this update. 

  1. Fisheries management
  2. Current projects and industry news
  3. Safety and wellbeing
  4. Finance and grant funding
  5. Marketing
  6. Fathom Podcast
Fisheries management
Fisheries Management Plans (FMPs)

Progress is being made on how the future of UK fisheries management will take shape. The DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)-led Joint Fisheries Statement (JFS) consultation ran throughout the early part of 2022 (see the CFPO digest here, and the CFPO consultation response here). The JFS sets out the framework for a range of fisheries management plans, which will eventually replace retained EU legislation. 

The first species that are set for management plans are sea bass, scallops, crab and lobster, whelks and Non-Quota Species for the English Channel (VIID & E). This is an interesting time and we are committed to ensuring that the industry will have a say under the ‘co-management’ concept. 

As a member, you may have seen communications on the bass FMP and Non Quota Species in recent weeks, as well as crab management workshops across the South West. With more outreach planned to continue developing these plans, we encourage you to engage where appropriate. 


As part of the early stages of the consultation, DEFRA is calling for individuals and groups with an interest in bass to fill in an expression of interest form. Please pass this link on to others who might be interested. The next step within this plan is a series of in-person meetings taking place this summer in various locations on the coast. These meetings will be open to the industry and will provide an opportunity for early input that will help shape future management. Look out for communications on the dates and locations of these meetings.   

Crab and lobster

Project UK recently ran a series of crab management workshops across the South West. It was encouraging to see members sharing their experiences and feeding into the very early stages of future management. 

Non Quota Species in the English Channel (ICES areas VIID and VIIE) 

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is coordinating this specific management plan and has already embarked on some regional workshops to gather thoughts and ideas. There will be plenty more opportunities to engage with this, so please register your interest by emailing the MMO at FMP@marinemanagement.org.uk

You can also sign up here to take part in the MMO’s quarterly Regional Fisheries Group meetings that cover a broad range of issues across the South West.

Current projects and industry news


Soaring fuel prices due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict is having a severe impact across the fleet, only slightly offset by the higher than normal fish prices we are experiencing. This is a fragile model to survive on, and one that is presenting significant challenges with no easy solution on the table. The CFPO has been engaging with other POs in the South West and has written a joint letter to the Fisheries Minister. The impact of rising fuel costs has also been raised by the NFFO. Please be assured that we will continue to highlight the impact this is having and seek support to help the industry get through this turbulent time. 

Fisheries Industry Science Partnership (FISP) 

The CFPO has been successful, along with other POs in the South West and CEFAS, in obtaining funding to develop detailed projects that address some of the science and data needs for the mixed fishery in the Celtic Sea. This is a critical area of work as we start to build a scientific evidence base to help support FMPs and shape future fisheries management decisions.

This work is financed by the £100m UK Seafood Fund and will enable collaborative working between industry and science in designing detailed research proposals to address some of the challenges. Priority species that will feature in the FISP will be spurdog, bass, small-eyed ray, as well stock identity study for sole and plaice between ICES areas VIIH and VIIE.

If you have any thoughts on other projects please contact the office 01736 351050 or email Chris at chris@cfpo.org.uk 

Floating offshore wind - virtual planning process with the Crown Estate and NFFO

The UK government has set the target of meeting 60% of the offshore wind supply from within the UK by 2030. As the UK Government’s energy security strategy looks to the Celtic Sea as the new source of renewable energy using floating offshore wind, competing for space will be a significant challenge going forward. We are taking every opportunity to position the importance of fishing and seafood as a key part of our nation’s food security. 

The CFPO recently took part in two events in Newlyn with The Crown Estate, NFFO and various energy developers. The events focused on static and mobile gears and offered positive dialogue between the industry and energy developers on how best to find a way to co-exist. 

Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems (I-VMS)

Regarding compliance and traceability, you will all be aware of this year’s roll-out of Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems (I-VMS) for under-12m vessels. There are deadlines approaching for this (see below), and grants are available via the MMO to help cover the initial purchase costs. Further information can be found via the MMO’s One Stop Shop for I-VMS

Safety and wellbeing

The impact of the MCA’s new under-15m fishing vessel code has been felt in the last six months. The industry has had to get to grips with significant changes and this has no doubt been a stressful experience for some vessel owners. The CFPO has been communicating the main issues members have been experiencing via the NFFO Safety Committee, as well as directly to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and local MP’s during a recent meeting in Newlyn. 

Also, Clive Palfrey from Seafood Cornwall Training has been very active on the quayside, answering queries and trying to smooth the process as best possible for those that are experiencing challenges. 

The news of the NFFO taking on Charles Blyth as their new Risk, Safety and Training Lead was most welcome. Charles is an ex-MCA surveyor and will be working with the industry, on the quayside with individual members as well as at the national level with Government agencies, to help improve overall safety. We look forward to working with Charles in the future, as well as partnering with Clive from Seafood Cornwall Training to support members in complying with all health and safety measures. 

Charles will be visiting fishing communities around the coast, so do get in contact via the CFPO office if you are seeking support on any safety matters. 

Finance and grant funding

With both the £100m UK Seafood Fund and the MMO’s Fisheries and Seafood Scheme (FaSS) running side by side, there is plenty of scope to develop a wide range of projects, be it safety, training, science, adding value, marketing or shore based infrastructure. 

If you have any thoughts or would like to chat about what support is available, please contact the office 01736 351050 or email Chris at chris@cfpo.org.uk 


Seafood Cornwall

Seafood Cornwall, the marketing arm of the CFPO, has had a busy six months following successful domestic marketing and communications campaigns during 2020/21, the main focusing being to communicate and educate domestic consumers on the diversity and seasonality of fish and shellfish caught in Cornwall. 

Fuelled by increased domestic demand for local seafood during the Covid lockdowns, Seafood Cornwall has built a range of digital platforms and content to continue to engage and develop this newfound market and promote the diversity of local species, catch methods, fishermen and Cornish communities. Go to seafoodcornwall.org.uk to find out more.

Fathom podcast

The second Fathom podcast episode in our ‘All About That Bass’ series features Lewis White and Robbie Fisher from DEFRA, who provide some inside insights into the upcoming bass FMP.  They explain why bass was chosen as a front-runner for this FMP, given its importance to the industry and the progress needed in updating current rule, and highlight the many pathways to involvement in the consultation process.

They were eager to note that the overarching principle behind the engagement was that it would be an open process. You can register your interest in the consultation here, and you can also email Policy Lab at: bass@policylab.gov.uk to find out more. 

Tune in to the whole episode to learn more about the consultation for the FMP: what will be in it, who will be a part of the process, when it will be ready and how it will all work! Listen here.

As ever, Fathom is the podcast for the UK fishing industry. We have been successful with securing grant funding from the Seafarers’ Charity to continue delivering Fathom for 2022/23, so if you have any suggestions for topics you’d like us to explore then send a WhatsApp message or voice note to Fathom on 07542556276.

As ever, the CFPO is here to support you. You can reach Chris via email at chris@cfpo.org.uk or call the office on 01736 351050.