£24 million for cutting-edge science and fisheries

The UK government has recently announced its first investment from the £100 million UK Seafood Fund to boost innovation in the fishing industry.

Fishing businesses across the UK will now have access to £24 million of investment to develop technology, trial new gear and support world-class research to improve the productivity and long-term sustainability of the industry.

Find out about the funding available through the Fisheries Industry Science Partnerships (FISP) scheme and how to give feedback before applications open.

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Great to see the past years design development coming to fruition as the new Venture IV hits the water

Great to see the past years design development coming to fruition for National Maritime SME Working Group champions Macduff Ship Design Ltd..

The new Venture IV for Whitehills skipper Mark Lovie has been launched at the Finomar Shipyard at Szczecin in Poland and will be fitted out at MACDUFF SHIPYARDS LIMITED.

Venture IV is due for delivery from Macduff Shipyards in the summer of 2022. The 34.50 metre LOA, 10.50 metre breadth Venture IV will have a 2000-box capacity fishroom and has been designed by Macduff Shipyards and Macduff Ship Design and replaces Venture III which was also built at Macduff in 2016.

Venture IV has been designed with a greater length than its predecessor to provide better seakeeping, crew comfort and to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

Venture IV has a set of Yanmar engines, with a 6EY26W main engine and a pair of 6NY16LW generator sets. The main engine drives a 3300mm Helseth propeller via a Mekanord 650HS gearbox with 5.44:1 reduction. The package of hydraulic deck equipment is from MacGregor (GBR) Ltd, including three 29-tonne trawl winches, three 19-tonnes split sweepline winches and three 12-tonne bagging winches. There are also twin 10-tonne codend winches and a pair of 13-tonne gilsons, three gear handling winches and a three-tonne fishroom winch, as well as a 35t/m deck crane.

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Wave Hub Fisheries Mitigation Fund

A small grants fund of £150,000 is available to support the fishing communities affected by the Wave Hub. This fund was set up to benefit the fishing communities in Hayle and St Ives. Also to some extent Newlyn, where fishing vessels can show that they fish in the waters around the Wave Hub.

Wave Hub Fisheries Mitigation Fund

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Fisheries Working Group Launched to Help Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Thrive

National Maritime Launch:
Fisheries Working Group (London & South East)

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French naval patrol ship heads to Jersey as tensions rise in post-Brexit fishing protest

France has sent a naval patrol vessel to Jersey as tensions escalated as a flotilla of around 70 boats gathered in St Helier harbour in a clash over fishing rights.

Earlier, the crews of the assembled French fishing vessels set off flares and talked over maritime radio of a blockade.

Two Royal Navy ships, HMS Tamar which is equipped with machine guns and a helicopter landing pad, and HMS Severn, were keeping a distance, tracking the protest, and watching from just over a mile.

It comes after French maritime minister Annick Girardin warned on Tuesday that the country was ready to take “retaliatory measures”, after accusing the Channel Island of dragging its feet over issuing new licences to French boats.

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France Warns U.K. of ‘ Banking Retaliation’ if it does not open up its fishing waters

France is threatening to block regulations that would allow U.K. financial firms to do business in the European Union if the country doesn’t respect its Brexit commitments on fishing.

“The U.K. must deliver licenses, authorization to access their waters for fishing, that’s the deal,” French Junior Minister for European Affairs Clement Beaune told BFM Business TV Tuesday.

If the U.K. doesn’t provide access to its waters to the fishing industry as per the Brexit deal, Beaune said “retaliation measures” will be adopted in other sectors, including “financial services.”

As long as commitments aren’t met on fishing, “we will give none,” said Beaune. “It is quid pro quo.”

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Pollution from mining and damage by fisheries may have helped to eliminate 92% of UK seagrasses

Seagrass meadows are believed to be retreating around 7% per year globally, according to the most recent seagrass census.

Seagrasses play a large role in regulating ocean environments, storing more than twice as much carbon from planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) per square mile as forests do on land.

Pollution from mining and damage by fisheries may have helped to eliminate 92% of mainland Britain’s seagrasses in over a century, according to a March 4 study in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science.

If still intact, these could have supported around 400 million fish and stored up to 11.5 million tonnes of carbon — equivalent to 3% of Britain’s CO2 emissions in 2017, the study said.

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Britain, Norway in post-Brexit fisheries deal with EU

This week, Norway, Britain and the EU have reached a trilateral deal on catch limits for jointly managed North Sea fish stocks following the UK’s exit from the EU, the three parties said on Tuesday.

The new trilateral deal, covering common North Sea fishing quotas for cod, haddock, plaice, whiting, herring and saithe, is the first step toward ending legal havoc in key fishing waters since Britain completed its exit from the EU on Dec. 31.

UK Minister Victoria Prentis said that while the new accord covers common North Sea quotas, bilateral talks were underway with the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands to confirm access arrangements and fish quota exchanges.

British, Danish, German, Swedish and French vessels all catch fish in the Norwegian part of the North Sea, home to some of the richest fishing stocks in Europe.

Norway had sought a trilateral pact with Britain and the EU on management of North Sea fish that swim between waters belonging to the EU, Norway and Britain – before making separate deals with the EU and Britain on quotas.

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