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New chair for Seafish Northern Ireland Advisory Committee

12th October 2021 Harry Wick has been appointed chair of the Seafish Northern Ireland Advisory Committee (SNIAC), taking up the role with immediate effect. Harry Wick is the chief executive of the Northern Ireland Fish Producers’ Organisation, which represents the interests of around 140 vessel owners. He also co-chairs the Northern Ireland Fishermen’s Federation, and is a member of the ...

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Industry outrage at Asda promotion of Norwegian cod

11th October 2021 ‘Kick in the teeth’ after loss of access, says skipper Seafood industry leaders outlined their frustrations this week at the launch by Asda of a promotion of imported fish from Norway, reports Andy Read. Reacting to the launch, a partnership between Asda and the Norwegian Seafood Council, Jane Sandell, chief executive of UK Fisheries, operator of the ...

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Faithful And Crystal River: Bespoke Sistership Pair-Team For Fraserburgh

9th October 2021 Identical 26.50m state-of-the-art pair-seiners from Macduff Shipyards are landmark reinvestment by longstanding pair-trawl skippers Stewart Buchan and David Cardno. The new Faithful FR 129 ran sea trials in the Moray Firth at the end of May… The delivery of the new Crystal River FR 178 to Fraserburgh skipper David Cardno on 10 September, three months after her ...

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Engine thieves target North Wales fishermen

Inshore fishermen from the historic small lobster cove of Porth Meudwy, on the Llyn peninsula in North Wales, have been left reeling after the theft of six outboard engines in a single night left the fleet there with no way of getting to sea, reports Andy Read. Coming at a time when the expected onset of autumnal gales means that ...

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2021 Seafish fleet survey researchers’ diaries: Views from the NI fleet

7th October 2021 Seafish fleet researcher Oscar Wilkie reports from Northern Ireland It was a pleasure to spend two weeks conducting the annual fleet survey in Northern Ireland. I had some fascinating discussions with skippers and vessel owners about the future of the industry in the country. Despite the obstacles faced, it was good to hear some optimism for the ...

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NFFO: ‘FSP spending must benefit fishers’

The NFFO has warned that the government’s plans for spending the £100m UK Seafood Fund – promised by the prime minister in the wake of the Brexit TCA fiasco in December 2020 to help regenerate the fishing industry – mean that much of the money could be siphoned off, with little benefit for grass-roots fishermen. The federation’s warning follows the ...

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First Shannon-class lifeboat arrives in SE Ireland

6th October 2021 Dunmore East RNLI recently welcomed their new €2.4m Shannon-class lifeboat, the William and Agnes Wray. A six-person crew from Dunmore East RNLI had travelled to collect the state- of-the-art lifeboat from the RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole earlier in the week. A warm welcome awaited the crew as lifeboats from Kilmore Quay and Fethard RNLI formed ...

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Early December target for 2022 fishing talks agreement

6th October 2021 UK officials and ministers are aiming to reach an agreement with the EU on fishing opportunities for 2022 by 10 December, according to the NFFO. The federation says the two sides hope to avoid ‘the prolonged and torturous process’ that marked the 2021 negotiations – the first where the UK was an independent coastal state. ICES scientific ...

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French fury as UK announces 6-12 licences

4th October 2021 Only 12 of 47 applications granted for under-12s French officials and politicians have reacted furiously to the UK publication of a list of EU under-12m vessels that will be licensed to fish in the UK six to 12-mile zone, reports Tim Oliver. Only 12 licences have been issued out of 47 applications made. Angry French politicians and ...

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Brexit TCA set to cost industry ‘hundreds of millions’ by 2026

5th October 2021 A new detailed cost/benefit analysis of the outcome of Brexit for UK fishermen has found that the industry is on track to lose hundreds of millions of pounds by 2026, unless changes are secured through international fisheries negotiations. The findings are in a new report, ‘The Brexit Balance Sheet’, commissioned by the NFFO and prepared by Gary ...

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