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The NFFO has partnered with the Fathom podcast to produce a series of informative and highly topical episodes, focusing on the challenges and opportunities facing UK fishermen in the post-Brexit landscape. In this first episode, NFFO CEO Barrie Deas and Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation’s (CFPO) CEO Chris Ranford interview a Defra policy official about a big new funding opportunity for the industry.

New NFFO-Fathom Podcast Collaboration Explores New Funding for Industry-Science Partnerships

The NFFO has partnered with the Fathom podcast to produce a series of informative and highly topical episodes, focusing on the challenges and opportunities facing UK fishermen in the post-Brexit landscape. In this first episode, NFFO CEO Barrie Deas and Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation’s (CFPO) CEO Chris Ranford interview a Defra policy official about a big new funding opportunity for the industry.

Decarbonisation: Climate Emergency

The UN Climate Change Summit in Glasgow this coming October and November, will bring world attention to the link between greenhouse gasses and climate change. The UK Government will want to earn the prestige associated with hosting a successful summit. A successful summit will include commitments to new ambitious targets for the reduction of greenhouse gasses - in particular carbon dioxide.

The Politics of Division

It is not that difficult to exploit divisions in the fishing industry. We are a complex, multi-faceted, diverse industry, targeting a wide range of different species. We operate inshore and offshore with a bewildering range of gears, fishing from different ports, in vessel sizes that range from under 8 metres to over 100 metres. Quota shares are always divisive because they are a zero-sum game. More fundamentally, who receives a licence to fish and what kind of licence, involves political and administrative choices that can generate much heat and friction within the fishing industry.

Climate Smart Fisheries: Protected Areas or Sustainable Livelihoods?

Adapting to climate change and reducing dependence on fossil fuels is something that the fishing industry, along with every other part of the economy is going to have to address. Some NGOs are making the argument that the solution lies with more marine protected areas. However, going all-out on MPAs as a “cure-all” for our seas risks perverse outcomes and real harm to coastal fishing communities. Dale Rodmell argues the case for a more cooperative approach that illuminates pathways to sustainable marine livelihoods that can deliver much more, and in the long run, be more adaptive to climate change.

Can Fisheries Co-exist with Offshore Wind in the Race to Carbon Net Zero?

The Government’s Net Zero ambition signals a massive expansion in the scale and extent of offshore wind farms, but it also supercharges concerns over the spatial squeeze now being experienced by fishers who face losing access to their fishing grounds. NFFO Assistant Chief Executive, Dale Rodmell, who recently presented the issues to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fisheries(1), makes the case for the need for a planning system that can deliver on co-existence.

Prepare for Displacement

Lords appointment triggers NFFO change to MPA Policy. The appointment of Richard Benyon as Defra minister in the House of Lords has prompted a rethink within the NFFO on its approach to the management of marine protected areas.

Seaspiracy: Seafish Response

Seafish have responded robustly to the claims made in the Netflix Seaspiracy film

The Seafood Response Fund (SRF) closes on Friday 26 March.

This a reminder for eligible businesses to submit their details for payment to the Seafood Response Fund by tomorrow.

Dogger Bank: Back to Remote Control

“Closed” rather than co-management characterises the government’s first post-Brexit steps to defining its approach to fisheries management after the Common Fisheries Policy. Dale Rodmell examines the current proposals for this iconic site and what it signals for stakeholder participation in fisheries.

Lawyers, Boulders and Money: A future in which fisheries policy is driven by vigilantes and litigation?

In an important and disturbing change, environmental NGOs have now apparently abandoned any pretence of working collaboratively with the fishing industry. With one or two honourable exceptions, most have embarked down the road of confrontation and litigation.

Labour disowns Greenpeace

Full credit to Shadow Fisheries Minister, Luke Pollard MP, for publicly disowning Greenpeace for dumping boulders to endanger fishing vessels in the vicinity of where a fishing vessel was recently lost in tragic circumstances. Mr Pollard denounced the Greenpeace action as “tone deaf.”

Co-existing in marine space

Dale Rodmell provides an insight into planning for co-existence between commercial fisheries and offshore wind farms.

Fishing News interviews Barrie Deas

With a lot of social media traffic on the Fishing News Facebook page and elsewhere, Fishing News sat down with CEO of the NFFO, Barrie Deas, to ask those tricky questions that keep cropping up.

Post-Brexit Fisheries Management

Responsive decision-making with industry centrally involved in management is key to an effective post-Brexit fisheries regime, argues Dale Rodmell.

Marking Static Gear

Prime Minister puts a spanner in the works. Well, that's what it felt like to us in the Cruising Association (CA) when the general election was announced. At that point our petition, about Lobster Pot markers, on the Parliamentary website had about 6500 signatures. And they were all lost: because that's what happens to a Parliamentary Petition, when a General Election is called.

A Precautionary MPA Tale

Dale Rodmell argues that dismissing an evidence-based approach to Marine Protected Area planning in favour of precaution is misguided.

EMFF in England – the story so far

Graeme High (MMO, England Intermediate Body Manager) tells us about the progress of the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in England.

Voluntary Conservation Success Story

Dale Rodmell argues that criticisms of voluntary approaches to conservation in the marine environment are missing the point. A bigger more important issue is at stake.

Six steps to social seafaring

Top tips to using social media on the day the NFFO runs its first takeover with Newlyn skipper Alan Dwan

What’s it like to be a fisherman?

Alan Dwan offer us the opportunity to find out what being a fisherman is really like

The Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets of World War I

Commodore Malcolm Williams, Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, draws attention to the contribution of the fishing fleet to WW1.

Brexit, eNGOs & our Industry

Assistant chief executve, Dale Rodmell, reflects on Brexit, the disconnect between industry and the Common Fisheries Policy and the influence and role of environmental NGOs.

Fleet diversity

Jane Sandell, Chief Executive of UK Fisheries, tells us why fleet diversity is one of the British fleet’s greatest strengths.

Are you a fab fisherman?

Dave Linkie, the Editor of Fishing News, tells us how the Fishing News Awards will recognise the achievements of our fishermen, and why this is so important.

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