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HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY – CARDIGAN BAY NORTHERN AREA

Deteriorating weather during the night as storm Dennis approaches made conditions for survey impossible and the 19meter survey vessel ‘NORTHERN WIND’ returned to Pwllheli Marina.

The NtM issued by Clinton Surveys which gives all the details concerning the survey including a small chartlet which shows and identifies the survey blocks can be found here: https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/ER6hYjU5pBxGm153RM7TarEBfklQrytSRdId-ZGk12FqZA

And a picture of the survey vessel here: https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/Ebp7K27mrzVKm1m9HaFex5IB-V9kzlZjDsb1-Yt4j2-zBA

Any shallow waters survey will, as far as possible, be carried out in daylight to avoid fouling any fishing gear

This survey will not include any towed or trailed equipment and it is not…

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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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    DEFRA'S LATEST MARINE AND FISHERIES UPDATE

    The full update can be found here: https://mailchi.mp/17f6a6e6e3f1/defra-update-19122019?e=11597995d6

    December Fisheries Council
    After 2 days of intensive negotiations at EU Ministers reached an agreement on fishing opportunities for 2020. This also formally approved the agreement the EU had already reached with Norway, Faroes and other coastal states (summary can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/annual-fisheries-negotiations-cut-cod-quota

    This year’s talks have been challenging, where scientific advice showed concern for the health of fish stocks in many areas, significant cuts in cod quotas were agreed in the North Sea, Irish Sea, West of Scotland and the Celtic Sea. To further protect vulnerable cod stocks, the…

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    2020 EU FISHING OPPORTUNITIES AND QUOTAS

    Statement from Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs 18.12.19.

    I have just returned from leading the Wales delegation at the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels. The Council concluded in the early hours of this morning and, working with delegation colleagues from across the UK, I am pleased to inform members we were successful in securing a positive deal for Wales on fishing opportunities and quotas.

    In line with our commitments to ensure our natural resources are sustainably managed and based on the best available scientific advice, my priority was to safeguard fish stocks whilst securing…

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    SEAFISH WALES UPDATE – DECEMBER 2019

    This edition includes the appointment of an additional Regional Manager for Wales, Dr Emma Wootton who joins Dr Holly Whiteley in the team with both Managers working 3 days per week. Emma is based in Pembrokeshire and will be key point of contact for South Wales-based businesses and stakeholders. Emma’s biography and contact details can be found at: https://www.seafish.org/article/wales?_cldee=bWFyay5id3lkLm1vckBnbWFpbC5jb20%3D&recipientid=contact-78792f038cafe81180fa00505684117c-e8ccf84d726848e7bc97529d7c85178e&utm_source=ClickDimensions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Seafish%20Wales%20Newsletter&esid=4218d710-f020-ea11-8100-00505684117c


    Wales Fishing Safety Project Officer / Swyddog Prosiect Diogelwch Pysgota

    Seafish are sourcing for a part-time (0.6FTE) project officer to manage the delivery and administration of the Wales Fishing Safety Awareness Project. This is an industry-led, insight-driven program of…

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    December Council

     

    Lesley Griffiths (@wgmin_rural)

    16/12/2019, 17:00

    Negotiations likely to go on well into the night here at December Council. Good to have ⁦‪@Welsh_Fishermen⁩ here with us.

    Bydd trafodaethau yn parhau’n hwyr heno yma yng Nghyngor Rhagfyr. Dda i gael ⁦‪@Welsh_Fishermen⁩ yma gyda ni. pic.twitter.com/068YU0qPw1

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    VACANCIES – WELSH GOVERNMENT FISHERIES ENFORCEMENT

    Closing date: 31 Dec 2019 16:00 GMT

    Senior Marine Enforcement Officer (Wales Fisheries Monitoring Centre), South West Wales. Management Band 2 - £29,100 - £35,750
    https://cymru-wales.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-2/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/6/opp/6490-Senior-Marine-Enforcement-Officer-Wales-Fisheries-Monitoring-Centre/en-GB

    Senior Marine Enforcement Officer (Enforcement) x2, North Wales, South West Wales. Management Band 2 - £29,100 - £35,750
    https://cymru-wales.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-2/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/6/opp/6489-Senior-Marine-Enforcement-Officer-Enforcement-x2/en-GB

    Marine Enforcement Officer (Science / Conservation) x2 North Wales, South West Wales. Management Band 3 - £23,625 - £27,400
    https://cymru-wales.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-2/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/6/opp/6484-Marine-Enforcement-Officer-Science-Conservation-x2/en-GB

    Marine Enforcement Officer (Enforcement) x4, Pan Wales. Management Band 3 - £23,625 - £27,400
    https://cymru-wales.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-2/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/6/opp/6483-Marine-Enforcement-Officer-Enforcement-x4/en-GB

    Marine Enforcement Officer (WFMC) - (x4), South West Wales. Management Band 3 - £23,625 - £27,400…

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    UK PREPARES FISHING INDUSTRY COMPENSATION SCHEME FOR NO-DEAL BREXIT

    The WFA-CPC and its members have worked with Welsh Government to press this issue with Defra and now the government sees the need for a ‘seafood crisis intervention scheme’ if the UK departs the EU without a deal. See article: https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-fishing-industry-compensation-scheme-no-deal-brexit/ and below.

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has agreed a contract, unearthed using the Tussell government procurement database, with British-based tech firm Equiniti for a system to “disburse hardship funding.”

    Britain exports most of the fish it catches, mainly to the EU. But new customs processes and border delays in the event of a no-deal…

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    OVERVIEW OF MARINE ENERGY ACTIVITY IN WALES

    An overview and updates on marine energy activity in Wales can be found on the Marine Energy Wales (MEW) website www.marineenergywales.co.uk and on Twitter @MarineCymru

    NORTH WALES

    Morlais Demonstration Zone (Developed by third sector social enterprise Menter Môn/Morlais). Demonstration project for tidal arrays in West Anglesey.

    Minesto (Swedish developer). Tidal kite project in West Anglesey.

    Nova Innovation (Scottish based tidal company with Welsh base in Caernarfon working in partnership with community energy group YnNi Llŷn). Tidal turbine project off Llŷn Peninsula.

    SOUTH WALES

    META – Marine Energy Test Area (led by Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum/MEW). A series of test…

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    WELSH NATIONAL MARINE PLAN

    Welsh Government published their Welsh National Marine Plan (WNMP) on 12 November 2019. It sets their policy for the next 20 years for the sustainable use of our seas.

    The Plan https://gov.wales/welsh-national-marine-plan-document contains contain plans and policies which will:

    • support our vision for clean, healthy, safe and diverse seas
    • guide future sustainable development
    • support the growth of marine space and natural resources (’blue growth’)

    The Welsh Government marine planning newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest developments https://gov.wales/subscribe-marine-planning-newsletter

    IMPLEMENTING THE PLAN

    Public authorities must make decisions based on the policies in the Welsh National…

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    CATCH RECORDING FOR U10S

    Update from Welsh Government

    Catch recording requirements were due to be introduced via a fishing vessel licence condition this November. However, feedback from the industry suggested that due to the timing and additional Brexit implications, any change at this time would bring further challenges for fishers. As a result, we have responded by taking the decision to delay the change to licence condition until February 2020.

    Fishers will still be invited to register on the system from November 2019, but will now have an extended familiarisation period. We would encourage fishers to set up their preferences once they receive the…

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    EMFF STANDARD COST SCHEME

    European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Standard Cost Scheme will be open to Welsh applicants on 30 October 2019 for items under:

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

    Main points:

    • Pre-determined list of eligible items along with standard costs for each item
    • Open to Small Scale Coastal Fishermen
    • 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 30 October 2019 can be found at:…

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    REGISTRATION OF FISHING VESSELS AS FOOD BUSINESS OPERATORS

    Further to the recently issued letters from WG Marine & Fisheries regarding the registration of fishing vessels as Food Business Operators please see the attached advisory note from Seafish for your information.

    https://seafish.org/article/hygiene-inspections-required-to-ensure-post-brexit-trade-with-eu-fishing-vessel-owners-reminded

    Many of you have contacted WFA-CPC regarding FBO registration over the last few days - for information - we have been in discussion with Welsh Gov and awaiting a reply from the FSA before we can confidently advise on next steps - FBO registration is a current regulation that for some reason under the single market has not been applied to date - in a no-deal…

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    PREPARE YOUR FISHERIES BUSINESS FOR BREXIT

    Latest advice from DEFRA:

    A Brexit deal has been agreed but needs to be ratified. The UK could still leave the EU with no deal on 31 October if the UK and EU do not approve and sign the withdrawal agreement.

    This webpage https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-fisheries-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit?utm_source=2b8e31b5-092c-46fb-a9ea-5a840edd7ed1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

    tells you how to prepare for Brexit. It will be updated if anything changes.

    Sign up for email alerts to get the latest information https://www.gov.uk/email-signup?topic=%2Fbrexit

    Sign up for Defra alerts about Brexit and the fisheries and marine sector https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDEFRA/subscriber/new?qsp=CODE_RED

     

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    INVITATION TO QUOTE FOR SEA BASS SAMPLING DURING SPRING SPAWNING 2020

    Bangor University is looking for commercial bass fishers to help them conduct a survey during the spawning season (Spring 2020). We wish to sample several areas in North and South Wales we have identified as potential spawning grounds with the hope of catching ripe bass, namely, North and West coast of Anglesey, North Wales coast from Great Ormes Head to the Dee Estuary, Tremadog Bay, South Pembrokeshire coast, Carmarthen Bay, Swansea Bay and the Outer Bristol Channel around Lundy North West to The Smalls.

    To be eligible for this work you will need a license allowing you to catch bass…

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    OFFSHORE WIND LEASING ROUND 4 OFFICIALLY OPENS

    The Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) for Round 4 has been formally issued on 14 October 2019, available via the Crown Estate’s eTendering Portal.

    The Crown Estate have identified four areas for new offshore wind leasing development, including the eastern Irish Sea, off the North Wales & northern Anglesey coast.

    A map of Round 4 seabed bidding areas can be found here: https://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/media/3338/tce-r4-seabed-bidding-areas.pdf

     

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    MCA ‘SMALL FISHING VESSELS’ ROADSHOW

    The MCA are hosting a roadshow at the following venues to answer questions and help get the fishing community up to speed with existing requirements and proposed changes.

    • Swansea: Wednesday 2 October, 10am to 1pm , Harbour Office, Lockhead, King's Dock, Swansea, SA1 1QR
    • Holyhead: Wednesday 16 October, 10am to 1pm: Holyhead Sailing Club, Newry Beach, Holyhead LL65 1BD
    • Aberystwyth: Thursday 17 October, 10am to 1pm: RNLI Boathouse, Town Quay SY23 1JH
    • Milford Haven: TBC

    Over the last 10 years, 46 people have died on fishing vessels of less than 15m, so the MAIB have made several recommendations…

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    SAGB HELP TO PREPARE SHELLFISH BUSINESSES FOR A NO DEAL BREXIT

    The Shellfish Association of Great Britain has recently secured funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to help shellfish businesses prepare for the possible No Deal Brexit on the 31st October. Below is note to industry:

    The Business Readiness Fund has provided a grant to allow the SAGB to deliver support to the shellfish industry across the UK.

    It will be delivered via three projects:

    • The first of these projects is to produce and disseminate an Information Pack specifically for the shellfish industry. This will be made up with different sections such as exporting, EHC’s, labelling,…

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    PREPARING FOR BREXIT

    A joint letter from Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, and Andy Richardson, Chair of the Food and Drink Industry Board for Wales, urges all Welsh food and drink businesses to keep preparing for Brexit.

    To do so, they highlight the following channels, which can offer businesses support:

    • The Business Wales website https://businesswales.gov.wales/brexit/ provides legal advice from the UK Government on how businesses can best prepare for Brexit, as well as a self-assessment tool to gauge your business readiness and to offer you further support and guidance. You can also get advice from the Business…
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    SMALL FISHING VESSELS – HELP SHAPE CHANGES

    Introducing a new Code of Practice: Small fishing vessels only

    Over the last 10 years, 46 people have died on small fishing vessels, so the MAIB have made several recommendations to improve your safety and make the water a safer place for all fishermen.

    What this means for you
    Some recommendations came into force in 2017 under a new Code, MSN1871. To address the others, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) have been developing a new Code of Practice for Small Fishing Vessels.

    The Code introduces new requirements for all vessels in:

    • Construction, watertight and weathertight integrity
    • Stability
    • Machinery
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