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EU fish quota talks conclude

EU talks to finalise fish catching opportunity for 2016 concluded in Brussels early this morning (16 December) with quota increases for several key Scottish stocks.

Quota rises were agreed for haddock (+30%), North Sea cod (+15%), North Sea herring (+16%), megrim (+26%), monkfish (+20%) and West coast prawns (+16%). North Sea whiting and lemon sole quotas […]

EU Fish Council to decide on catching opportunities for 2016 starts next week

Negotiations to finalise catching opportunities for 2016 get underway at the European Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (14 December).

These talks have special significance for the Scottish fishing industry because the phased introduction of the Landing Obligation (discard ban) for demersal fishers commences on 1 January 2016, which will deliver a major sea-change in […]

Scottish mackerel fishermen bitterly disappointed at outcome of Faroese talks

The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association has expressed bitter disappointed at the failure of EU-Faroe talks in Copenhagen to reduce access arrangements for Faroese vessels to catch mackerel in EU waters.

The Scottish pelagic sector had been pressing hard for a rebalancing of the access arrangements because they are skewed heavily in favour of the Faroese, enabling […]

EU-Norway fish catch agreement reflects healthy stocks but challenges remain with discard ban

Talks between the EU and Norway to finalise catching opportunities for shared fish stocks for 2016 concluded in Bergen, Norway, last night (4 December).

These talks had special significance for the Scottish fishing industry because the phased introduction of the Landing Obligation (discard ban) for demersal fishers commences on 1 January 2016, which will deliver a […]

Wide range of challenges facing Scottish fishing industry over the coming year

The coming year presents a wide range of challenges for Scottish fishing and it is vital that the industry does not become strangled by increasing regulation and dysfunctional legislation, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

Key issues ahead include appraisal of how the landing obligation is working for the pelagic sector and setting the ground rules […]