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WELSH NATIONAL MARINE PLAN

A year ago Welsh Government published the first Welsh National Marine Plan which sets out Welsh Government’s policy for the sustainable use of our seas. Welsh Government have produced a series of videos to explain more about Marine Planning in Wales, view them here:

Marine Planning in Wales - YouTube

 

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TREVOR AWARDED MEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE

We are delighted to confirm that Trevor Jones has been deservedly awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service for - Services to Fishing Safety.

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HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY OFF FISHGUARD

The vessel Northern Wind will perform multibeam survey in the area Western Approach to Aberporth, North East off Fishguard harbour.

For more information and a chart of the survey area, click on:
https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/EeSDhRgAL05EmVc6FsxUTk0Bz2Rdqi1BGTINY3ZhYs91pA

Please be advised that the vessel will have limited manoeuvrability.

There will be no towed equipment. Only hull mounted.

The survey will be performed between 11th November and the 18th January.

The aim of the survey is to update nautical charts and is performed on behalf of UKHO/MCA.

We value our commitment to work with the fishing industry, any enquiries regarding this notice or reports of…

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DEFRA UPDATE: MARINE AND FISHERIES

Defra’s latest news on marine and fisheries news can be found here:
https://mailchi.mp/b0d9e7463b29/defra-update-12483693?e=11597995d6

Contents of the update:
- Fisheries Bill update
- MMO fast-tracks EMFF grants
- Reminder: Consultations on new measures to boost the fishing industry and coastal communities
- SeaFish publish post transition import guidance
- Cefas Offshore Observer Programme - call for volunteers
- Covid-19 updates
- New national restrictions in England to combat Covid-19
- Guidance for Anglers
- Government support for self-employed across the UK
- Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced

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MARINE ENERGY WALES

For a round-up of news from the marine energy sector in Wales, go to:
https://mailchi.mp/c608609b56eb/your-round-up-of-news-from-marine-energy-wales-4994078?e=44a910d8f5

The round-up covers:

  • An introduction to marine energy at Wales Climate Week
  • MEW Webinar: Marine Renewable Energy meets conservation in Welsh Waters
  • Blue Gem Wind to open virtual public exhibition for Erebus project
  • Floating wind collaboration between Morek and Blackfish
  • MPS appoint new Board Member
  • Offshore Wind Growth Partnership launches £1.5M development grants funding call
  • OEE2020 Conference programme published
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LETTER FROM THE MINISTER

In response to WFA-CPC’s letter of concern over Welsh Government’s Counsel General’s advice to UK ministers to "back down" from "ill-advised positions on state aid and fisheries" to get a trade deal with the European Union, please find a link to a letter from Lesley Griffiths (Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs) stating her and the Counsel General’s commitment to seek a fairer share of fishing opportunities for Welsh fishermen and the importance of a good trade deal.

https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/ESKgKqeYUHBFpvExyf1Cg50Bb79MCNjg2ixyAB-1i73PyQ

 

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SEAFISH BOARD RECRUITMENT

The deadline for Seafish’s recruitment campaign has been extended to 6 November.

The appointments are for 5 board members and a Chair. Details are on-line at

https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/seafish-industry-authority-board-member/

https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/chair-of-the-seafish-industry-authority/

 

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REPORT TAGGED RAYS AND SKATES

Scientists are tagging skates and rays around Wales.

Working with Bangor University, Welsh Government are tagging skates and rays with disc tags (see image). This is so we can understand more about the population and their movement patterns.

If you find any tags or tagged fish, please contact us:

Please provide details of the:

  • location
  • time, and
  • method of capture

We will arrange collection of the tagged fish, where necessary.

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CONSULATION TO BOOST THE FISHING INDUSTRY AND COASTAL COMMUNITIES

The UK Government is consulting on three new measures to boost the fishing industry and coastal communities:

1. Plans to increase the benefits the UK and coastal communities get from fishing;

2. New proposals seek to ensure more catch is landed in the UK; and

3. Views sought on how to allocate the new opportunities as a result of the UK becoming an independent coastal state

The government is seeking views on new measures to boost our fishing industry, including how to fairly distribute the new opportunities from leaving the Common Fisheries Policy, and increase the economic benefits from fishing…

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RESPONSE TO THE BREXIT AND OUR SEAS CONSULTATION AND FUTURE FISHERIES POLICY FOR WALES

See Lesley Griffiths (Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs) statement to the response to the Brexit and our Seas consultation and the next steps towards a future fisheries policy for Wales here: https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/EZGCXpPLRQ5DjqAno7q9i8oB5duPyXX7UNlmr0e_ZMyCbw

See Welsh Government’s ‘Summary of Responses’ to Brexit and our Seas here: https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/EavojE0tcqhKjHWLZWxX6sQBZ3lGdUb5P8XdN3rYuitniA

 

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RV CEFAS ENDEAVOUR SURVEY 16/20 - OCTOBER 2020

Please see below details relating to the planned RV CEFAS Endeavour survey operations commencing 05/10/20.

Can you please ensure that you notify WFA or CEFAS directly regarding fishing gear located in the survey area?

The survey area can be found here: https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/EZwur05GMoRNvrSCTkc8pvEBI_QGVF2tYRMepB2OtbsOdQ

Letter from CEFAS

Good morning Jim,

During w/c 05-Oct, RV Cefas Endeavour’s survey operations are anticipated to commence at sea as part of survey 16/20. As the vessel will be transiting from Lowestoft, it is expected that operations in Welsh waters will not be until the back half of the 37 day survey.

On this survey, the…

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WHELK MANAGEMENT MEASURES 2020 CONSULTATION: EXTENSION

The Welsh Government has extended the consultation on management measures for the whelk fishery as explained in their letter below:

Dear Stakeholder,

From 16 March 2020 to 7 June 2020 the Welsh Government held a public consultation on new proposed whelk management measures including:

  • An authorisation scheme for all UK vessels taking whelks with pots in the Welsh zone, and
  • An annual limit on the total amount of whelk that can be taken from the Welsh zone, and
  • A flexible monthly landing cap for authorised vessels.

The consultation received 57 responses and an analysis of these responses is…

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PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR BREXIT

Seafish have produced a series of guides to help your business prepare for the changes. They cover a range of topics including trade, food safety, traceability and labelling.

Preparing for the end of the transition period
https://www.seafish.org/trade-and-regulation/uk-exit-from-the-eu/preparing-for-the-end-of-the-transition-period/

Preparing your business for EU Exit - Traceability and Labelling
https://www.seafish.org/trade-and-regulation/uk-exit-from-the-eu/preparing-your-business-for-eu-exit-traceability-and-labelling/

Preparing your business for EU Exit - Importing & Exporting

https://www.seafish.org/trade-and-regulation/uk-exit-from-the-eu/preparing-your-business-for-eu-exit-importing-exporting/

Preparing your business for EU Exit - Further guidance
https://www.seafish.org/trade-and-regulation/uk-exit-from-the-eu/preparing-your-business-for-eu-exit-further-guidance/

Trade agreements and seafood tariffs - Find out the potential changes to trade agreements and tariffs with the EU and beyond post-Brexit.
https://www.seafish.org/trade-and-regulation/uk-exit-from-the-eu/trade-agreements-and-seafood-tariffs/

Advice and support

Our Regulation team can provide…

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MCA CONSULTATION ON A REVISED CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE SAFETY OF FISHING VESSELS

MCA Consultation on a proposed Small Fishing Vessel Code of Practice

This consultation requests comments on the proposed revision of the code of practice for the safety of fishing vessels of less than 15m length overall, replacing MSN 1871 Amendment No.1.

Information on the consultation can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-a-revised-code-of-practice-for-the-safety-of-fishing-vessels-of-less-than-15m-length-overall

The consultation document can be downloaded here: https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/EcCgsd0X7XxEp9vw6ZtJZbMBMcKvk25s1pXLyMrveikAdw

The response form (Appendix A) can be downloaded here: https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/EabowJu95DhKrevi0YOWGIUBPXbrnE7EcRSo2ANlWmHMUQ

Please email your consultation response form (Appendix A) to: fishing@mcga.gov.uk

The WFA will be submitting a response however, we would encourage everyone to respond directly to the MCA…

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HOW TO COMPLY WITH ILO 188

THE FACTS

The latest figures show that commercial fishing is by far the most dangerous job and UK fishermen face a risk of death over six times higher than the most dangerous land-based industry.

The major causes of fatalities are going overboard, flooding, and capsize. For example:

  • 45% of all fatalities on vessels under 15m are due to flooding and capsize
  • 52% of fatalities on all vessels result from going Overboard

THE LAW
You must have written and discussed a formal risk assessment on your vessel. More guidance here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/fishing-vessel-health-and-safety

You must wear a PFD on deck unless…

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HOME & DRY SAFETY CAMPAIGN

The law on commercial fishing has changed. Get on board to find out what you can do to get back to your loved ones home and dry, by visiting https://www.homeanddry.uk/

With ILO Working In Fishing Convention (ILO188) now in force, there are additional health and safety responsibilities on all commercial fishing vessel owners and skippers for themselves and their crew.

The Home & Dry campaign aims to connect and engage with fishermen on the issues of staying safe at sea. The purpose of this site is to act as an information hub, a collection of all the relevant safety…

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Home & Dry campaign - Fishermen's safety

Created by the Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG), the Home & Dry campaign aims to connect and engage with fishermen on the issues of staying safe at sea.

The purpose of the new website https://www.homeanddry.uk/ is to act as an information hub, a collection of all the relevant safety information to help members of the commercial fishing industry get access to sea safety training, guidance and technical expertise. It’s here to make the transition to safer fishing simple.

Check if you are complying with the law by visiting https://www.homeanddry.uk/ and see below.

HOW TO COMPLY WITH ILO 188

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MARITIME SAFETY WEEK 6TH - 10TH JULY 2020

The FISG Fishermen's safety campaign 'Home and Dry' goes live on the 7th July, details to follow.

https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/Eef7gytc9C9IvhrZljvfZa4BDIocJPFDjiAwxp8aQHp1ww

Letter from organisers:

Dear Sir / Madam,

We are delighted to announce Maritime Safety Week 2020 which will be taking place from Monday 06 July – Friday 10 July!

Attached is a letter (through above link) from the Maritime Minister, Kelly Tolhurst MP, outlining the objectives of the week and asking for your assistance in ensuring this is publicised as widely as possible through any channels available to you using #maritimesafetyweek and #maritimesafetymatters.

I have also attached our Maritime…

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SURVEY OF NEW FISHING VESSELS BY MCA FROM 20 JULY 2020

From 20 July 2020 the MCA will assume the work currently undertaken by Seafish to oversee the construction and outfit of new fishing vessels of less than 24 metres Registered Length.

The MCA would like to advise that if you currently are in the process of building a vessel you should have recently received a letter from Seafish advising you that if the vessel construction is not completed by 10 July 2020, your contract will be terminated and any outstanding balance held by Seafish will be refunded. The letter will also advise of the difficulties experienced by Seafish during these…

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CLARIFICATION ON LOBSTER ‘V’ NOTCHING STUDY

BANGOR UNIVERSITY CRUSTACEAN STOCK STATUS ASSESSMENT - FISHER SCIENCE RESPONSE.

Please find below the link to access the details regarding the recently advertised Lobster 'V' notching study - Please contact WFA-CPC to register your interest.

http://sustainable-fisheries-wales.bangor.ac.uk/documents/clarification.pdf

The note from Bangor University states:

Due to concerns raised regarding v-notching undersized lobsters, we have re-structured the scheme and it will include the following:
1. V-notching lobster that are above 90 mm carapace length. All fishermen will be given a maximum number to notch once the number of fishermen taking part and the budget is finalised.
2. Data collection on size, sex…

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WELSH UNDER 10 METRE QUOTA ALLOCATION TABLE

As the lockdown restrictions have prevented licence variations being issued in the normal way the WFA-CPC asked Welsh Government Marine and Fisheries to provide a table (in addition to the weekly uptake figures) in order to communicate the monthly species catch limits – go to https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/Ef89-gUza2lEvtn0G3bx7ccBgU24pr7OddQfo19KglpwVA


Important to note:-

* This table does not vary your licence (this will happen in the usual way as restrictions are lifted)
* The monthly limits will vary subject to uptake (in accordance with the new arrangements for 2020)
* Note: Fisheries will close as and when the Welsh annual allocation…

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WHELK CONSULTATION

The deadline to submit your response to the Whelk Management Measures 2020 Consultation is TODAY the 7th June.

To respond access the Welsh Government site via https://gov.wales/whelk-management-measures-2020

Download the response form https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/consultations/2020-03/whelk-management-response-form.docx

Complete and return to marineandfisheries@gov.wales

 

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Welsh Non-Sector Quota Uptake

Given that licence variations have yet to be issued for Welsh Non-Sector and under 10 metre vessels following final allocations for 2020 (due to Covid-19 Emergency) please press this link: https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/EV_cDh8QQaVCqNlVMXpKNTsBPL1dOPUcslTmUmH0hB3jfQ to find the first set of Welsh Quota Uptake Figures for your information.

Given the current circumstances the uptake to date is understandably low, when the situation improves and flows increase further swaps can be progressed.

In the meantime please get in touch if you require any additional information.

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LOBSTER V-NOTCHING AND DATA COLLECTION

Bangor University has received funding from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) under European Structural and Investment Funds for a project to work in partnership with the Welsh fishing industry to gather data to support sustainable management of inshore fisheries in Wales.

Welsh Crustacean stock assessment and v-notching research – Invitation to participate

The Fisher-Scientist Partnership for Sustainable Welsh Fisheries is requesting fishers to assist in continued data collection and a lobster v-notching scheme during the covid-19 pandemic. Financial support is available for participants. Please click on the above link for more details.

Please contact Natalie Hold

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FREE SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING WEBINARS

Free social media marketing webinars available for industry selling direct to the public.

Seafish are running free webinars on ‘Online Marketing’ and ‘Boosting Your Online Impact’ over the next two weeks. The webinars are open to fishermen, aquaculturists, fishmongers and processors (or the person who looks after the social media accounts for these businesses) selling direct to the public. The request is for only 1 person per business to attend as spaces will be limited to 25 per webinar. Places are available on a first come, first serve basis.

The events are free. To sign up for either or both…

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