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CORVID-19 ESSENTIAL WORKERS

The Government has recently published guidance on provision of childcare for children whose parents work in categories critical to the COVID-19 response. The critical sectors are listed in this guidance, and include a number which are relevant to Defra sectors:

Those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery. This does encompass all areas of food supply chain (i.e. farming, fisheries, animal feed and other downstream elements of the food supply chain).

The guidance letter can be found at:
https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/EajV4Uv0f2JAnQ5eKpd1IkMBmsAOnYPnUyrJMWFfeprKew

And further guidance from the UK Government:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

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Corvid-19 Financial Assistance

A simplified flow chart showing the route to financial assistance currently offered by the UK Government for employees, self-employed and directors can be found at:
https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/Ee3lTvE8O71OtR-i2JDgYCMBhCmkh8vF-BkKrE3m5goFDw

Further information on financial assistance offered to the self-employed, including:

  • Who will be eligible for the scheme?
  • How much could the grants be worth?
  • How do I apply to the scheme?
  • I'm not eligible for a grant – what other help is available?
  • I'm eligible but can't wait until June – what can I do?
  • More quick questions – eg, do I have to stop working?

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HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY – CARDIGAN BAY NORTHERN AREA

The 11.2meter survey vessel ‘LODE’ is currently leaving Pwllheli Marina to continue with finalising some infills and wreck surveys at various locations in the Northern Cardigan Bay area.

These wreck surveys and infills are expected to last over the weekend and ‘LODE’ is now expected to leave this area on Monday 6th but I will keep you informed.

Any shallow waters survey will be carried out in daylight to avoid fouling any fishing gear but it will involve going close inshore during periods of high water.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ANY CREELS OR POTS THAT YOU HAVE IN THE SURVEY…

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Suspension of Fishermen's Training

The health and well being of all our clients is of the utmost priority during these unprecedented changes we all face due to COVID-19.

Unfortunately, the Welsh Fishermen's Association is suspending all fishermen's training until the situation is resolved.

If you have any queries regarding your certification status, please contact Trevor on 07885 168949, email trevor@wfa-cpc.co.uk or Marion on 07769 117827, email marion@wfa-cpc.co.uk'.

Many thanks

Marion

Marion Warlow

Fisheries Co-ordinator

Welsh Fishermen's Association

Mob: 07769 117827

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PUBLIC HEALTH WALES – COVID 19 LATEST NEWS

PUBLIC HEALTH WALES – COVID 19 LATEST NEWS

Advice on how to minimise the spread of Coronavrirus can be found here: https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/EdurwLhMDy1Ko8-yLc1hre0B7HYGiVbEDEBIM723lpu9wA

The pdf is sent from Welsh Government and includes updates following the decision to further restrict movement, which our First Minister, along with other UK leaders took with the sole aim of slowing the spread of coronavirus.

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UK GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT ON COVID-19 SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Full details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses#support-for-businesses-who-are-paying-sick-pay-to-employees

This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate…
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UNIVERSAL CREDITS - CORONAVIRUS AND CLAIMING BENEFITS

This link provides information about coronavirus and claiming benefits, such as Statutory Sick Pay if you cannot work due to coronavirus: https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/

It will continue to be updated. Please check this page regularly for updates on the arrangements the Department for Work and Pensions is making to support those who are affected by coronavirus.

For health information and advice see the NHS pages on coronavirus https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Learn more about the government response to coronavirus https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

Information from Welsh Government on business rate relief, grants and loans for businesses to help during the disruption caused by COVID-19.

BUSINESSES WITH A RATEABLE VALUE OF £12,000 OR LESS

All businesses that are eligible for Small Business Rates Relief will get a grant of £10,000.

How to apply

You do not need to do anything to apply for the grant. This will be administered through the business rates system. You do not need to contact your local authority. They will contact you.

NEW SMALL BUSINESS GRANT

Businesses will be able to apply for a new business grant. Details…

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WELSH FISHERMEN'S ASSOCIATION UPDATE

Given some confusion reported by many of you in relation to separate work/research being undertaken to inform preparations for COVID-19 interventions for the Fishing industry and supply chains.

To be clear the first phase and priority for Marine & Fisheries is a scheme to deliver the most urgently required financial assistance to where it is needed. Some announcements already made at a Welsh and UK level will provide opportunities for support for; merchants, buyers & processors for example.

The work being undertaken as mentioned above will inform later interventions if necessary. However, the priority remains to get support to where…

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WELSH GOVERNMENT BUSINESS SUPPORT PACKAGE

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans and the Minister for Economy, Ken Skates have announced a new £1.4bn business support package to help businesses across Wales. For more information go to: https://gov.wales/ministers-announce-new-14bn-business-support-package

The announcement:

This support – extending the package announced yesterday – matches the measures in England providing a much‑needed boost for small businesses struggling to cope with the impact of the Coronavirus crisis.

The new package provides retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in Wales with a year long business rates holiday. A grant of £25,000 will also be offered for businesses in the same sector with a rateable value…

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HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY – CARDIGAN BAY NORTHERN AREA

Both the 19.5m survey vessel ‘NORTHERN WIND’ and the 11.2m survey vessel ‘LODE’ are on-site

‘LODE’ will continue with survey operations in the near shore blocks and is currently operating in block B1, ‘NORTHERN WIND’ is operating in the outer block of B5

Both ‘NORTHERN WIND’ and ‘LODE’ will as far as possible work on a 24hr basis but LODE’ will make a port call to Pwllheli Marina every 12hrs to effect a crew change.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ANY CREELS OR POTS THAT YOU HAVE IN THE SURVEY AREA ARE CLEARY MARKED AND BUOYED TO AVOID FOULING.

Any shallow…

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HELPING US TO HELP YOU!

The Fishermen’s Mission provides a range of practical welfare and pastoral support to active and retired fishermen and their families. We provide advice and emergency financial assistance for the maintenance of the basics of life (‘hearth and home’) applying for grants from other maritime charities where necessary.

We can also signpost clients to other agencies, offer an arm around the shoulder when the going gets tough and are always seeking new ways to improve the overall wellbeing of our fishing communities. In the current COVID-19 situation most of our staff are working electronically but are still able to provide the…

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WHELK MANAGEMENT MEASURES 2020

Welsh Government has started a consultation on measures to manage the Whelk fishery.

They are proposing to introduce:

  • an authorisation scheme for licenced and registered UK vessels fishing for whelks (Buccinum undatum) with pots in the Welsh zone;
  • 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.

Responses online or by post are required by 7 June 2020.

Details on how to respond online or by post along with the consultation document can be found here: https://gov.wales/whelk-management-measures-2020

 

 

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SEAFISH CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Information on support and advice from Seafish and UK Government can be found at: https://seafish.org/article/coronavirus-updates-for-the-seafood-industry?_cldee=bmZmb0BuZmZvLm9yZy51aw%3D%3D&recipientid=contact-44d225224154e81180f400505684117c-573cb619e581440ab4fd794de7635dba&utm_source=ClickDimensions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Seafish&esid=91d1b0ba-9c67-ea11-8104-00505684117c

Seafish have also announced:

From today, Seafish staff will work from home until Friday 1st May, to reduce the risk to health and wellbeing and play our part in slowing the spread.

Meetings will happen by phone, conference call or online and our staff will be available as usual via email and phone. We have also postponed or cancelled some of our larger events. https://seafish.org/article/update-on-seafish-events-postponed-or-cancelled?_cldee=bmZmb0BuZmZvLm9yZy51aw%3D%3D&recipientid=contact-44d225224154e81180f400505684117c-573cb619e581440ab4fd794de7635dba&utm_source=ClickDimensions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Seafish&esid=91d1b0ba-9c67-ea11-8104-00505684117c

We are fully committed to supporting the UK seafood sector through this difficult time.

The availability of food…

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DEFRA'S LATEST MARINE AND FISHERIES UPDATE

The full update can be found here: https://mailchi.mp/0d65d4139352/defra-update-13032020?e=11597995d6

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for businesses and employers

In this week's Budget the Chancellor announced a package of measures to provide support for public services, individuals and businesses affected by Covid-19.
For the latest information and advice, employers and business owners should visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

Check the page regularly for updates and subscribe to receive email alerts.

Defra is asking all businesses in the seafood and fisheries sectors to report back any intel on how events might be impacting their businesses.

Please email FishEUExit@defra.gov.uk with any information you would like…

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FISHERMEN'S SAFETY GUIDES

Single Handed and Vessel Stability leaflets

The Single Handed leaflet is available online http://mca.ecgroup.net/Publications/Safefishing/Safefishing.aspx

Also available to order, is the Fishing Vessel Stability Guidance Booklet. You can also access that guide electronically here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fishing-vessel-stability-guidance

Funding for PFDs with PLBs
Seafish is administering a new UK Government-funded scheme which allows owners of UK-registered commercial fishing vessels to recover £200 per item against the cost of purchasing type-approved Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) fitted with integrated Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) for their crew.

Go to https://www.seafish.org/article/funding-for-pfds-with-plbs for further information

Note the deadline for applications to be received is 31…

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EU/UK TRADE NEGOTIATIONS

The first round of negotiations on the future trade relationship between the UK and EU has started on 2th March. A team of government officials, led by Boris Johnson's chief negotiator, David Frost, have begun their opening exchanges with Michel Barnier and his team. Fisheries issues will be discussed on 3th and 4th.

Full negotiating rounds will in principle take place every two to three weeks, unless agreed otherwise between the parties. Negotiation rounds will alternate between London and Brussels.

Fisheries is one of 11 negotiating groups

Round 2 - From Wednesday 18 March till Friday 20 March, London.
Round…

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Catch recording in Wales – ready to record from 00:01hrs 28 February 2020

From 00:01 hrs on 28 February, catch recording requirements will be introduced in Wales via a fishing vessel licence condition.

Note: Recording Quota Catch

Fishers in Wales have raised concerns in relation to recording quota catch prior to landing. In recognition, the Welsh Government have extended the quota species reporting timescale to 24 hours, the same as for non-quota species.

Landing Shellfish to Store Pots
If you complete a fishing trip where you are landing directly to a store pot, you should complete and submit the catch record for what you have placed into the store pot. The catch…

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FOR A BETTER DEAL – WESTMINISTER CAMPAIGN

On January 30th, Jim Evans (Chairman WFA) joined the NFFO and SFF at Westminister to campaign for a new fisheries agreement between the UK and EU to rebalance quota shares and follow the fisheries agreement model that exists between the Norway and EU, which:

  • Sets total allowable catches on the basis of scientific advice
  • Agrees quota shares on the basis of the resources in each respective zone (zonal attachment)
  • Agrees access arrangements to fish in each other’s waters
  • Agrees quota exchanges, where these are mutually beneficial

At the event, NFFO Chief Executive, Barrie Deas, said:
“The level of…

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Introduction of catch recording for u10m 28th February

An update from Welsh Government on the introduction of catch recording for licensed fishing boats under 10 metres in length:

Catch recording requirements will be introduced in Wales via a fishing vessel licence condition on 28 February 2020.

Fishers were invited to register on the system from December 2019. There are still some Fishers who haven’t registered and we would encourage them to do so as soon as possible. Fishers can set up their preferences saving them time in the future when it comes to recording their catch.

We held a number of successful training events throughout Wales in January…

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BANGOR UNIVERSITY FISHER-SCIENTIST PARTNERSHIP

Bangor University’s Sustainable Fisheries Wales team are presenting their research on sustainable Welsh fisheries to the fishing industry across Wales 11th -13th February.

The events are being held at:

  • North Wales - Tues 11th Feb 7-9pm @ Royal Welsh Yacht Club,Caernarfon, Porth YrAur, High St, CaernarfonLL55 1SN
  • Mid Wales - Weds 12th Feb 7-9pm @ The Boat House, South Marine Terrace, AberystwythSY23 1JY
  • South Wales - Thurs 13th Feb 7-9pm @ Swansea Yacht and SubAqua club, The Clubhouse, Pockett’sWharf, East Burrows Rd, Swansea, SA1 1RE

The aims of the events are to:

  • Find out about the…
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Fishermen's Safety Guide

Fishermen's Safety Guide, Prepare for you next MCA survey and Inspection and Single Handed leaflets NOW ONLINE at GOV.UK

Message from David Fenner (MCA) below about the availability of Fisherman and vessel safety documents on line:

The following documents:

  • Fishermen’s Safety Guide
  • Fishing Vessel Survey and Inspection – Prepare for your next MCA visit; and
  • Single Handed Fishing Leaflet
  • Are all now available on line.
     
    The Safety Guide and Prepare for your next visit guide are also available in print form, see below.
     
    The Fishermen’s Safety Guide is available from here and is designed to help…

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    WFA-CPC REFRESHER SAFETY TRAINING, 14TH, 15TH AND 16TH OF JANUARY

    On behalf of the WFA-CPC, the following Safety Training courses will be delivered next week at Plas Heli, Pwllheli:

    14th:    Basic Health and Safety

    15th:    First Aid

    16th:    Safety Awareness

    Please register your intention to attend any/all of these courses by e-mailing your name and date of birth to Marion marion@wfa-cpc.co.uk

    There is a limit of sixteen candidates per course so please register early to secure a place.

    Courses will start at 09:30 prompt and finish when the syllabus has been completed, which is usually by mid-afternoon.

    Tea and coffee will be provided. There is no…

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    MMO ANSWERS TO CATCH RECORDING QUESTIONS

    Posted by Michael Coyle (MMO) on 10 January 2020

    Answers to the following questions can be found on the MMO website https://marinedevelopments.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/10/your-questions-answered-catch-recording/

    What is Catch Recording?
    A new licence requirement for under-10 metre licensed fishing vessels owners/skippers to record their catch for each fishing trip they make via an app, website or customer contact centre. This significant new capability will deliver assurance and market confidence that we have sufficient data to meet sustainability goals. The data required by the record has been designated to provide MMO with the clearest possible picture of under-10 metre catching without being unnecessarily onerous…

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    FISHERMEN'S SAFETY GUIDE

    The Maritime & Coastguard Agency have published electronic versions of three new documents:

    Fishermen’s Safety Guide https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/EY3uM66E-CpGtAwlnWUuvN0BsjS9k6xKj7Qii1LPZ-lbQw

    Fishing Vessel Survey’s and Inspections: Prepare for your next MCA visit https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/Ed3oV0kj1x1Ait3a2IDIw98BjYZQLbeOLEn1TKG8mn0gvg

    Single Handed Fishing https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/ER807PmME9lHhhPFxZK92DUBgIoMS1embFG5KeCa1rzl8Q

    These are not yet available in paper version but should be by the end of the month. They can then be ordered from here https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/maritime-and-coastguard-agency/about/publication-scheme

    Message from David Fenner (Fishing Vessel Team Leader, Maritime & Coastguard Agency):

    Please note, the publication Single Handed Fishing will only have a small print run at first. A larger print run will take place post April. Please…

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