Climate Smart Fisheries: Protected Areas or Sustainable Livelihoods?
9 September 2021
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?
2 June 2021
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.
Dogger Bank: Back to Remote Control
16 March 2021
“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?
5 March 2021
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
2 March 2021
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.”
Marking Static Gear
6 October 2017
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.