Monthly Archives: September 2021

Hull of RV Tom Crean complete

28th September 2021 Ireland’s new state-of-the-art multipurpose marine research vessel, the RV Tom Crean, has reached a key milestone with the completion of the vessel’s hull. Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon Vigo SA was awarded the contract to build the new vessel in 2019, following the completion of the design by Norwegian ship design consultant Skipsteknisk AS. This phase of the ...

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Project funding: How Fishing Animateur can help

28th September 2021 With a new funding round of the government’s Fisheries and Seafood Scheme (FaSS) now open for applications, Rachael Harper talks to Imogen Smith-Devey, who has been working as a fishing animateur for 18 months, about how the project can help you secure funding… FN: What is Fishing Animateur? Imogen Smith-Devey: “It was born 10 years ago in ...

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South East fishermen take protest to parliament

27th September 2021 A flotilla of inshore vessels from the South East of England sailed up the Thames to Westminster last Wednesday (22 September), in partnership with Greenpeace – which hosted a group of TV news crews on its own vessel – to highlight the existential threat to their livelihoods from foreign-owned fly-shooters and supertrawlers working in the Channel, reports ...

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New study implicates ropes in microplastic pollution

27th September 2021 The hauling of rope on fishing and other vessels could result in billions of microplastic fragments entering the ocean every year, according to new research. The study, by the University of Plymouth’s International Marine Litter Research Unit, is the first to explore the potential for rope to become a source of microplastic pollution in the marine environment. ...

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Situations Vacant: NFFO Deputy Chief Executive

24th September 2021 National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation Deputy Chief Executive The NFFO is the representative body for fishermen and fishing vessel operators in England and Wales. It is looking for a suitable candidate to fill this important role. The successful candidate will be committed, adaptable and will have excellent communication skills. Familiarity with aspects of fisheries policy will be ...

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2021 Seafish fleet survey researchers’ diaries: The fisher, the accountant, the mechanic, the chef

24th September 2021 Seafish fleet researcher Juan Carlos Paredes Esclapez reports from the east of England Another couple of weeks out in the field have passed, and we’ve gathered more valuable insight from fishers. It doesn’t matter what you discuss, it’s always a masterclass in biology, engineering or sustainability – to name just a few topics. Long drives, unsocial hours ...

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Love Seafood campaign to encourage consumers to ‘Bring on Better Living’

23rd September 2021 Informed by market research, Seafish has launched the theme for the second year of its long-term consumer marketing initiative, Love Seafood. Love Seafood celebrates its first birthday on 1 October. Seafish, the public body that supports the UK seafood industry, which is driving this nationwide consumer marketing initiative, has now announced the theme for the brand’s second ...

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Government sets new timetable for import controls

22nd September 2021 The UK government has set out what it describes as a ‘pragmatic’ new timetable for introducing full import controls for goods being imported from the EU to the UK. Its statement explains: “Businesses have faced a range of challenges over recent months as they recover from the global pandemic which has impacted supply chains across Europe. This ...

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Working group sets out improvements for Scots Nephrops sector

22nd September 2021 Recommendations for delivering a profitable, sustainable and fair supply chain for the Scottish Nephrops industry have been set out in a new report published by a Scottish government-formed working group. The Scottish Nephrops Working Group’s report highlights the value of the export market to the sector, which was £100m in 2019. It shows that Brexit has caused ...

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First cash from £100m fund announced

21st September 2021 The first instalment of the £100m promised to the industry to help it rebuild after Brexit has been announced. Fishing businesses across the UK will have access to £24m to develop technology, trial new gear and support research to improve the productivity and long-term sustainability of the industry. The funding to support better science and innovation projects ...

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