Please find below the link to the MMO Covid Financial Support Guide.
As announced recently this is a UK gov scheme administered by the MMO, subject to eligibility criteria Welsh fishing, aquaculture and seafood export businesses are included and will be contacted directly by the MMO in a phased approach. The WFA is pressing for further details and will keep you informed.Read more
A link to Sunday night's programme on S4C 'Drych' featuring Llyn fishermen - the difficulties, tragedies and hopes for the future.
Well done to all involved.
Letter from the Marine Energy Hub in Pembrokeshire regarding Blue Gem Wind's floating offshore wind project 'Valorous'
Dear Sir or Madam,
On behalf of our client, Blue Gem Wind (BGW), we would like to introduce their proposed early‑commercial scale floating offshore wind project; Valorous.
Valorous is a proposed 300 MW floating offshore wind project in the Celtic Sea, approximately 47 km from the South West coast of Pembrokeshire. The key project elements include:
- 18 to 31 Wind Turbine Generator with an indicative nameplate rating of between 9.5 MW and 16 MW housed on floating (semi-submersible) platforms;
- A single offshore substation;…
A UK Government press release on increased support for fishing and shellfish businesses.
Increased support for fishing and shellfish businesses
- Expanded Seafood Response Fund for the UK’s fishing and shellfish aquaculture sectors
- Fund will draw on existing £23m fund but provide cash grants for more fishing businesses
- Scheme to target the needs of the whole UK fishing industry
The Government has announced enhanced financial support for the seafood industry with cash grants for fishing and shellfish aquaculture businesses across the UK.
In January, the Government made available £23 million for seafood exporters that suffered a financial loss because of delays…Read more
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Message from Jon Edwards (Swyddog Cyfathrebu – Pontio’r UE / Communications Officer – EU Transition)
Today, the Counsel General and Minister for European Transition published The New Relationship with the EU: What It Means for Wales, which analyses the impact of the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) agreed on 24 December 2020.
This new document can be found on the Welsh Government website:
The Counsel General and Minister for European Transition has also produced a Written Statement, offering more detail:
Please feel free…Read more
Thursday 25 February, 12:30pm to 4:30pm, Principles of Fish Quality Assessment. This training course is theory based and covers the mechanisms of spoilage, methods of assessing fish quality and focuses on the Torry assessment scheme for round fish, flatfish and salmon. There is an optional online 90 minute open book test which can be taken after the training course. Currently 50% funded for people working in the UK seafood industry, the funded cost per learner is £50.
Tuesday 16 March, 9:30am to 2pm, Introduction to HACCP. This training course covers prerequisites, hazards, low and high risk foods, legislation and the…Read more
Seafish Newletter can be found here: https://elinkeu.clickdimensions.com/m/1/75896458/p1-b21040-6d0ee5a3ddb74e709eab3467147c38f7/1/147/2c46c261-3b86-49a0-b398-cfcf9079078c
- Love Seafood campaign
- EU-UK Trade support updates
- Latest Kingfisher updates
- UK gear trial review
- Join our industry sector panels
DEFRA MARINE AND FISHERIES UPDATE
For the latest Defra update on fisheries and marine issues, got to: Defra Update - 09/02/2021 (mailchi.mp)
- £23 million Seafood Disruption Support Scheme now open
- Consultation to protect precious habitats
- Fishing Licenses
- Exporting Live bivalve molluscs
- Government Covid 19 rapid testing offer
- Defra Presents Webinar Series for Importing Products of Animal Origin (POAO) for Human Consumption from EU to GB
- New video guidance from NEAFC
- BEIS Consultation for UK domestic Subsidy RegimeRead more
Message from the Crown Estate
We are pleased to share an update on Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4.
In a major vote of confidence in the UK’s green economy and net zero ambitions, The Crown Estate has today, 8 February 2021, announced 6 proposed new offshore wind projects in the waters around England and Wales.
The projects have been selected through a competitive seabed tender process and will now progress to the next stage of the process, the plan-level Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA).
Further details of the proposed Round 4 projects and bidders, and a map of the…Read more
MOVING GOODS FROM GREAT BRITAIN (GB) TO NORTHERN IRELAND (NI)
COLLECTING AND TRANSPORTING GROUPAGE CONSIGNMENTS
Guidance from DEFRA
Defra and DAERA have worked with hauliers to establish a new Groupage model which will aid the movements of these loads into Northern Ireland. Following successful trials with industry (involving taking goods from GB to NI), two Groupage models have been agreed.
If you are a haulier who moves SPS goods (products of animal origin (POAO), high-risk food not of animal origin and plants and plant products) from GB to NI where your goods need to be accompanied by Export…Read more
Got to: https://mailchi.mp/60d04654057e/defra-update-12506229?e=11597995d6 for a DEFRA update on trade and licencing
- NEAFC - Port State Measures (PSM)
- Update - Export issues between UK-EU
- Exportation of crab claws to the EU
- Collecting and transporting groupage consignments
- Export of Animals and Product of Animal Origin (POAO) from GB to EU
- Moving goods trader Showcase migration
- Licensing for EU and UK vessels between 6-12nm limits
- Government Covid-19 rapid testing offer for workers unable to work from homeRead more
Updated information from Welsh Government for commercial fishers, merchants and exporters on fishing and exporting after 1st January is now available at: https://gov.wales/fisheries-preparing-1-january-2021Read more
The Welsh Fishermen’s Association and its members wish to send their condolences to the Nikola Faith families.
Following many enquiries to where condolences can be sent, the following can be provided.
Fishing Family Name (if specific) or Nicola Faith
C/O Harbour Master
Harbour Master Office,
You can help Neil McMaster raise £150000 to help the Nicola Faith Fishermen’s families at this tragic time by donating to their JustGiving Crowdfunding Page:
Thanks for your support.
To enable export of your catch and fisheries products, it is now more important than ever that we receive your statutory catch records on time. If you need support, please contact Milford Haven Fisheries Office on 03000 253500 or speak to your local Marine Enforcement Officer.
Er mwyn i chi allforio eich ddalfa neu eich cynhyrchion pysgodfeydd, mae hyd yn oed mwy pwysig nag erioed ein bod yn derbyn eich manylion dalfa stadudol ar amser. Os oes angen Cymorth, cysylltwch â’r Swyddfa Pysgodfeydd Aberdaugleddau ar 03000 253500 neu siaradwch â’ch Swyddog Gorfodi Morol leol.Read more
Please find the Welsh under 10 metre PROVISIONAL allocation table for the early part of 2021, when the imminent annual fisheries negotiations are concluded the limits for 2021 will be revised to include any subsequent adjustments.
News from Defra - Prioritisation at the border
As set out in the DfT consultation, ‘Proposed legislative amendments on enforcing Operation Brock’, the Government has agreed that HGVs carrying single loads of live and/or fresh seafood for human consumption, or day-old chicks (DOCs) are prioritised through Operation Brock queues in Kent, as a contingency measure. This will enable priority exports to bypass traffic restrictions between Junction 8 & 9 on the M20, instead using the contraflow to progress towards the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel terminal.
Defra has worked with partners across government and the seafood sector to develop and…Read more
End of year Defra and Marine Fisheries Update can be found here:
Defra Update - 31/12/2020 (mailchi.mp)
- Licensing changes
- Provisional fishing quota to be announced following UK-EU agreement
- Pulse trawling in UK waters
- EU agreement - Tariffs
- Goods on the market guidance
- GOV.UK - Guidance updates
- Fish Export Service goes live
- Getting Export Health Certificates
- Movement Assistance Scheme
- Transport prioritisation
- Kent/Dover update
- Border Control Posts
- Exporting non-whole crab
- Baseline changes
- Vessel hygieneRead more
FISHING VESSEL LICENCING
Latest vessel licensing news from DEFRA
From Anne Freeman | Deputy Director | Domestic Fisheries and Reform| Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs|
I’ve just come off a call with the Commission and we’ve agreed that (rather amazingly, thanks to HUGE efforts from the MMO, DAs and Commission), we will be in a position to issue licences to fish in each other’s 12-200nm zones with effect 23:00 31.12.20.
This has been done on the basis of lists that both parties had pre-prepared (drawn up from VMS and other data). So hopefully, the Admins will be…Read more
Provisional fishing quota to be announced following UK-EU agreement
The UK government has today (31 December) announced that provisional catch limits for fishermen in the UK will be set shortly to ensure fishing continues uninterrupted until annual fisheries negotiations with the EU, Norway and Faroe Islands conclude.
The UK government, following consultation with the Devolved Administrations and Marine Management Organisation, will set provisional catch limits in line with the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement. These will generally be calculated using a percentage of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) advice for each stock. Where needed, a…Read more
The following has been sent by Welsh Government to seafood exporters to notify them that the Fish Export Service, for obtaining catch certificates, is now live.
Dear fish and seafood exporter
The Fish Export Service is now live. The digital service provides documents, such as catch certificates, that are required to export or land fish or seafood products into the EU from 1 January 2021.
To register or sign into Fish Export Service click click on this link. Guidance on registering for the service
available here and support is available 24/7 on 0330 159 1989.
For more…Read more
Guidance from DEFRA on what you need to do as a fisheries business now the transition period has ended.
To find out what fisheries businesses need to do, go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/fisheries-businesses-working-after-brexit-transition#access-to-waters
- Access to waters
- Quota allocations and fishing opportunities
- Access to EU ports
- Regional fisheries management organisations
- Importing and exporting
- European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
- Labelling and marketing of fishery and aquaculture
- Your employees
Guidance from Seafish
The UK and EU announced a Trade and Cooperation Agreement on 24 December which sets out our future relationship with the EU from 1 January 2021.
The EU is our closest trading partner - 75% of our seafood exports went to the EU last year - so agreeing a trade deal is important for the future of our seafood sector in the UK. Although it still means significant changes in the way we trade, fish and work.
The agreement to have zero tariffs on goods traded between the UK and EU is welcome but we know that the deal on access to waters and…Read more
See Welsh Government's announcement of further financial assistance below:
The Welsh Government have announced a further £110 million of financial support for businesses affected by the latest restrictions, which came into effect on Sunday 20 December 2020.
Hospitality, non-essential retail, tourism, leisure and supply chain businesses will be eligible for financial assistance.
Further details of the funding can be found here:
COVID-19 Support for Business | Business Wales (gov.wales)Read more