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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.

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