Federation Delegation Makes the Case to Minister on Fuel Costs
18 May 2022
The four federations representing England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland recently met with Fisheries Minister, Victoria Prentis MP to underline the crisis engulfing the fishing industry caused by the high cost of fuel.
NFFO Plea to Minister on MCA Safety Code
13 May 2022
An NFFO delegation recently met with Transport Minister, Robert Courts MP, to make the case for a review of the way that the Under-15m Safety Code is currently being applied. The Federation has received multiple approaches from fishermen “at the end of their tether” as the MCA applies the new regime introduced in September last year.
The Seafarers’ Charity grant award assists appointment of new NFFO Safety Lead
25 April 2022
The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Risk, Safety and Training Lead. The post is partially supported by a three- year grant from The Seafarers’ Charity.
Accelerated Offshore Wind increases the Spatial Squeeze of Fishing
7 April 2022
The Government’s response to the energy security provoked by the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has now been published. One of the key elements (along with increased reliance on nuclear energy and a new round of offshore oil and gas licensing) is an acceleration of the expansion of offshore wind. The new target is to generate 50gw of power by 2030, increasing the massive expansion already planned by 10gw.
Joint Fisheries Statement (Consultation) Digest
16 March 2022
The need for JFS arises from the Fisheries Act 2020. The Act set out eight objectives* for fisheries management in the UK, post-Brexit. The JFS is a more detailed, follow-on document from the four fisheries policy authorities (the Secretary of State for the Environment; Scottish Ministers; Welsh Ministers; DAERA in Northern Ireland) setting out the specific policies that will be implemented to achieve those eight objectives. It is the roadmap to delivery of the Fisheries Act.
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New NFFO-Fathom Podcast Collaboration Explores New Funding for Industry-Science Partnerships
17 December 2021
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
7 October 2021
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
24 September 2021
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?
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.