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
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…Read more
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…Read more
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
The FISG Fishermen's safety campaign 'Home and Dry' goes live on the 7th July, details to follow.
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…Read more
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…Read more
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.
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:Read more
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…
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)Read more
* 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…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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:…Read more
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…
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…
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;…
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)
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.
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…
Please find a video message (via the link below) to Welsh Fishermen and the Seafood industry from the Minister for EE&RA.
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…Read more
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:
And further guidance from the UK Government:
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:
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:…Read more