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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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SEAFISH CORVID-19 UPDATE

A full update can be found at: https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/EQaRguZQYpVDqxJmM_IFJ5gBc3n1dBQ9f2ruP3pv55FHuw

The update details the latest information, support and resources from Seafish and includes:

• An easy to use ‘Covid-19 Government Support Measures for the UK seafood industry’ tool, to help seafood businesses identify which financial support schemes from the UK Government and devolved administrations they may be eligible for.

• Critical worker certificates for fishermen and foreshore gathers.

• Critical worker certificates for individuals working in the onshore sector.

• Funding towards online courses in food hygiene and health and safety by remote learning, as well as bivalve purification and…

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EMFF STANDARD COST SCHEME OPEN

European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Standard Cost Scheme will be open to Welsh applicants on 4 May 2020.

On-line applications for items under:

  • on board investment (Added Value and Product Quality)
  • on board investment (Health and Safety)

Pre-determined list of eligible items along with standard costs for each item

Open to all Costal Fishermen including those using towed fishing gear

Minimum grant value of £800 – Maximum grant value of £24,000

Applications will be made via RPW Online

More details on the scheme eligibility and how to apply will be made available on the 4 May 2020 at:…

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GRANT PYSGODFEYDD AGOR 23 EBRILL

Fe fydd grant newydd o Lywodraeth Cymru ar gyfer busnesau pysgota yn agor am geisiadau yfory (Dydd Iau 23 Ebrill).

Mae Llywodraeth Cymru yn cydnabod bod busnesau pysgota wedi dioddef ergyd arbennig o fawr gan pandemig Covid 19. Mae’r cymorth newydd hwn wedi’i gyhoeddi gan Lywodraeth Cymru fel grant i dargedu busnesau pysgota sy’n berchen ar longau, i helpu talu costau yn ystod yr adeg anodd hon.

Bydd y grant newydd yn:

  • Help i dalu’r costau penodol sy’n gysylltiedig â bod yn berchen ar long pysgota a bydd yn seiliedig ar faint y llong. Ar gyfer llongau yn llai…
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WG FISHERIES GRANT OPENS 23rd APRIL

A new Welsh Government grant to support fishing businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic opens for applications tomorrow (23 April).

Welsh Government recognise that fishing businesses have been hit hard by the crisis. This grant is targeted at vessel owning fishing businesses, to help them cover their costs during this difficult time.

The new grant will:

  • Help cover fixed costs associated with owning a fishing vessel. Open to vessels under 40m only.
  • Be calculated by vessel size, with a maximum payment of £10,000;
  • Be open to all active fishing businesses with Welsh-licensed vessels and recorded sales of £10,000 or…
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Welsh Government Fisheries Grant opens 23 April

A new Welsh Government grant to support fishing businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 opens for applications on Thursday 23 April.

The following note has come from Welsh Government:

Welsh Government recognise that Fishing businesses have been hit hard by the crisis. This grant is targeted at vessel owning fishing businesses, to ensure they are able to cover their costs during this difficult time.

The new grant will:

  • Help cover fixed costs associated with owning a fishing vessel and will be based on the size of vessel owned;
  • Will be calculated by vessel size, with a maximum payment of £10,000;
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COVID-19 - SURVEY AND CERTIFICATION OF UK VESSELS

COVID-19 - MCA APPROACH TO SURVEY AND CERTIFICATION OF UK VESSELS.

MARINE INFORMATION NOTE 612 (M+F) Amendment 1

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - MCA approach to survey and certification of UK vessels.

Notice to all Surveyors, Recognised Organisations, Certifying Authorities, Authorised Persons, Ship Operators, Ship Owners, Masters, Officers and Crew

(This MIN expires 16th September 2020)

SUMMARY
This MIN sets out the policy of the MCA with respect to UK Vessels which are prevented from arranging the relevant Surveys, Inspections and Audits required for compliance with the relevant Statutory Instruments due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The…

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COVID 19 - AMENDMENTS TO FISHERMEN'S TRAINING

Fishing Vessel Safety Course Requirements as per MGN 411

The MCA has put in place the following contingency plans to mitigate disruption to essential delivered services as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak:

(1) A 3 month extension on the time allowed for all new entrant fishermen to complete the following additional courses:

  • 1 day Basic Fire Fighting and Prevention;
  • 1 day Basic First Aid; and
  • 1 day Basic Health and Safety 

This is aimed at new entrant fisherman only and allows a maximum of 6 months in which a new entrant could complete the…

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COVID-19 GRANTS

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: COVID-19 grants now available to fishermen & seafood businesses

The Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust (FCFCT) and Seafarers UK, with a group of trusted partners, have developed the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Programme (RRGP). For further details go to: http://fishonfriday.org.uk/grants/

The Rapid Response fund seeks to assist food charities, fishing and seafood businesses:

1. Seeking diversification opportunities for seafood and fisheries businesses
2. Promoting the consumption or sale of local seafood
3. Providing community meals using seafood

Recognising the need for cooperation among fish merchants, fishers and buyers, we will prioritise initiatives that demonstrate collaborative working…

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WELSH GOVERNMENT GRANT TO HELP FISHERMEN THROUGH COVID-19

A new grant to support fishing businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has today been announced by the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths.

Fishing has been hit especially hard as exports and domestic markets have shut due to the public health crisis.

Existing support for the wider business sector is often based on factors such as the rateable value of fixed premises, or the amount of members of staff employed – but these often don’t apply to fishing businesses.

The new support has been announced by the Welsh Government as a targeted grant for vessel owning…

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REGULATION ON PHYSICAL DISTANCING IN THE WORKPLACE

Under new legislation in Wales (Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020), Welsh Government has issued guidance on the need for businesses and other services to take all reasonable measures to maintain physical distancing in the workplace. See further information at: https://gov.wales/taking-all-reasonable-measures-maintain-physical-distancing-workplace

Welsh Government states:

‘This is not about the whether the businesses subject to this requirement work, it is about the way they work. It is about taking proportionate action where it is practicable to do so’.

The Coronavirus Regulations impose a number of restrictions on businesses and other services which include:

  • premises which sell food and…
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MESSAGE FROM WG RURAL AFFAIRS MINISTER, LESLEY GRIFFITHS

Please find a video message (via the link below) to Welsh Fishermen and the Seafood industry from the Minister for EE&RA.

https://twitter.com/WGEnviroAgri/status/1247117182124818437

 

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HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY – CARDIGAN BAY NORTHERN AREA

The above survey has now completed.

The 11.2meter survey vessel ‘LODE’ remains in Pwllheli Marina for weather but is scheduled, weather permitting, to leave the area tomorrow and sail to Plymouth for other survey work

Clinton Surveys would like to thank you for your co-operation during this survey

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are unsure about any of the above or require any further information, also please pass this information to any of your colleagues who you think might be interested.

If you know of any fisherman or any other user of the sea…

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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?

Can be found here:…

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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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