Environment Agency threatens Filey fishery shutdown
The fishery, which has been at the heart of Filey for over a thousand years, is at risk of being lost to the local Yorkshire community that has prized it for generations

Environment Agency threatens Filey fishery shutdown

Already struggling with the impacts of Covid-19 – leading the fishery to temporarily close due to lack of access to markets – fishermen in Filey have received a devastating blow…

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Encircling gill net recognised as selective
The encircling gill net technique has finally been recognised after three years of lobbying. Image: LIFE

Encircling gill net recognised as selective

Dutch inshore fishermen have seen the encircling gill net technique that had been excluded as a method for catching bass under the 2017 conservation measures now recognised and reinstated. This…

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Spanish National Federation of Cofradías joins Europêche
Spain’s National Federation of Cofradías, representing 8000 small-scale fishing vessel owners and a 30,000-strong membership has become a full member of Europêche. Image: Europêche

Spanish National Federation of Cofradías joins Europêche

Currently representing around 198 fishermen's associations, known as cofradías, 30,000 affiliates and 8000 small-scale fishing vessel owners, the Spanish National Federation of Cofradías (FNCP,) has become the latest full member…

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The CFP has created a distorted sea
LIFE Platform is urging the Pech Committee to right numerous historic wrongs concerning small-scale fisheries

The CFP has created a distorted sea

More than three decades of successive Common Fisheries Policies have discriminated against and marginalised small-scale low impact fishing and communities, favouring industrialised overfishing, according to small-scale fishing organisation LIFE Platform.…

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Conference to examine UK inshore fisheries
Industry and government are to come together at a new conference later this year to examine the future of management approaches aimed at realising the full benefits of UK inshore fisheries

Conference to examine UK inshore fisheries

The Future of Our Inshore Fisheries Conference, set to take place in London on 8-9th October, is expected to bring together fishermen, policy makers, regulators and researchers to discuss issues concerning…

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Strengthening Iceland’s coastal fishery
The fish available to small-scale vessels in Iceland under the coastal fishery regime has been increased from 10,200 tonnes last year to 11,000 tonnes this year as the system has been overhauled and simplified

Strengthening Iceland’s coastal fishery

The Icelandic Parliament has passed a bill concerning the days at sea available to small-scale fishing vessels operating under the coastal fishery regime, designed to increase safety at sea and…

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Irish inshore sector’s industry-led strategy

Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has launched the Strategy for the Irish Inshore Fisheries Sector 2019-2023 on behalf of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum. The Strategy is designed to frame the work of the Inshore Fisheries Forums over the next number of years and represents the first time the inshore fisheries sector has developed its own sector-specific plan.

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EMFF must maintain support for small-scale fishing, says LIFE

European small-scale fishing body LIFE has called on MEPs to reject amendments 10, 19, and 39, which it claims will expand the definition of small-scale fisheries and create an uneven playing field across Europe. According to LIFE, the simple definition of under 12 metres and fishing with passive gears offers a basic clarity and comparability across the EU.

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