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The decorations have been put up....and a surprise cake makes its way to the table...commemorating some key moments...of some of those times at sea!The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Yet another fishing family prepared to invest in the future of fishing, the Newlyn netter, currently sporting her Lorient registration name and numbers...has arrived in Newlyn.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Westcountry fishing leaders warned a trial suggesting more selective fishing could be the key to ditching discards was too small to be representative of the industry.According to research conducted by the Marine Management Organisation, carefully controlled fishing methods reduced the number of discards to virtually zero.But Jim Portus, chief executive of the South West Fish Producers Organisation and chairman of the UK Association of Fish Producers, urged caution. He said the trial involved just seven Westcountry boats – an insufficient sample on which to build pillars of the new Common Fisheries Policy currently being hammered out in Brussels."This is too small a piece of information on which to base a big piece of legislation," he said. "We need to be very careful before applying this very small trial to a very big fishing industry."The discard policy, which forces crews to throw away immature fish or species caught when a quota has been reached – regardless of whether the fish is dead or alive – is loathed as wasteful by both fishermen and conservationists.However, the MMO reported discards of important stocks such as sole, cod, plaice, megrim and anglerfish were drastically reduced in the trials, which involved seven vessels from the Westcountry and 12 from the North Sea.According to its research, in the Western Channel, a discard rate of 28% of sole caught was reduced to 0.1%, while a discard rate of megrim was reduced from 12% to 1.3%.The MMO said the methods used could be an alternative way of managing the industry.The boats taking part were barred from throwing away any of the species in the trials, including those below the minimum size. All had their quota limit raised for the duration of the trial and had to land all fish of these species that they caught, so they all counted against the quota. On-board monitoring equipment, including CCTV, was used to ensure the rules were obeyed.Mr Portus said: "The results are good and they are worth considering. But what I do not want to see is a 'one size fits all' policy."Yes, we can have a trial of seven vessels but the reality is there is a myriad of different fishing vessels and fisheries out there."I am really worried that we will be taking a snapshot of a small part of the fishing industry. The results are good for seven vessels, but that does not mean to say they are good for 700 vessels or 7,000 vessels."Andrew Pillar, fleet manager at Plymouth-based Interfish, which had three boats in the trial, said: "It's important that these trials have involved fishermen from the start to see how practical measures can improve selectivity and reduce discards."He added: "We want to continue testing this concept with more species to see if it can make a long-term difference."The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Not enough water in the gaps is keeping Mr Hosking and the boys from getting in Through the Gaps after their long steam from Lorient... Two and a half hours to go...The AIS tracks the boat after leaving Lorient.There's a new netter heading for Newlyn! The Stelissa II is a gill netter from Lorient. She is a being brought home by the same family that own and skipper the Silver Dawn.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
The Government is pressing ahead with its plans to create Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) to protect the UK’s rich marine environment, Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon announced today.A consultation outlining the proposals for the first set of sites has been launched today, and will give coastal communities and those with an interest in the marine environment, the opportunity to have a say in its future.The Government is proposing to designate around 10,900 km2 of marine habitat in the first phase next year. The 31 proposed sites provide a home to a variety of animals and plants, such as corals, jellyfish and seahorses. The area, roughly three times the size of Cornwall, will mean these are all given greater protection.Launching the consultation, Richard Benyon said:“The UK has one of the world’s richest marine environments, and we need to make sure it stays that way. This is why we are creating a network of marine protected areas.“We have to get this right. Designating the right sites in the right places, so that our seas are sustainable, productive and healthy, and to ensure that the right balance is struck between conservation and industry.“We have carefully considered the evidence, and these 31 sites are the ones that are suitable to be designated next year.”The proposed sites will to contribute to a network of marine protected areas and will complement the 8.4% of UK waters and 24% of English inshore waters already within protected areas.The consultation will seek views on proposals for the designation of MCZs in English inshore and English and Welsh offshore waters.It presents an opportunity for those with an interest to make their views known, and to submit any new evidence that should be considered and includes proposals on how the proposed sites will be treated.The consultation also provides clarification on:reference areas. These will not be included in the first phase but will be subject to further review; andthe treatment of MCZs at different stages in the designation process in licensing decisions. To assist developers in the marine area we have clarified how we consider that developments should be treated in or near MCZs so that economic growth is not inhibited unnecessarily.Designating MCZs to contribute to a network of Marine Protected Areas is a Government commitment under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 to ensure that our marine environment is protected for years to come.NotesThe consultation will run until 31 March 2013 and can be found here: www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2012/12/13/marine-conservation-zones-1212/.Four stakeholder-led Regional MCZ Projects were established to recommend the possible sites: Irish Seas Conservation Zones (Irish Seas), Finding Sanctuary (South West waters), Balanced Seas (South East waters) and Net Gain (North Sea) managed by the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies (the SNCBs: Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee). These brought together stakeholders with interests in marine industries, marine ecology and conservation, and the regulators.The final reports from the Regional MCZ Projects can be viewed here: http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/2080291.The SNCB advice can be viewed here: www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/marine/mpa/mcz/advice.aspx.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
MARIA MAGDALENA, the Irish prawn trawler from Galway arrested and escorted to Newlyn, Cornwall for alleged fishing offences.... the boats was fishing for prawns (langoustine) on the Smalls ground using 120mm mesh (the legal minimum size is 110)...she is an ex-French trawler from Guilvenec....Skipper David O'Neill, leans on the rail of his boat.The Smalls grounds for langoustine.View Well known fishing grounds in the Western Approaches in a larger mapThe latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
It surprises many that local, small scale and artisanal fishing communities thrive under a well-designed system of secure and equitably distributed access privileges. Yet these are the very fishermen for whom catch shares first evolved. ‘Modern’ programs have roots in traditions of coastal communities who found practical ways to reduce conflict and waste while fairly allocating and valuing finite resources. Political economists and anthropologists like the late Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom have documented their spontaneous emergence in diverse fisheries. Each is unique; all share certain patterns. These include clearly defined boundaries, known rules, recognized tenure, self-imposed sanctions, customary laws, internal exchanges.Fiji’s fishing groups formed goligoi, self-organized and self-enforced tenure system still active today. Japan’s ainu organize native fisheries in ways that date to the feudal era. Spatial, territorial and place-based catch share systems evolved globally for the benefit of small scale fishermen from Chile to the Gulf of Maine to the lakeshores of Eastern Africa to the seashores of India. These deep and wide examples of ancient practice ensure catch shares can build on a secure foundation of tradition. They provide a better opportunity than top-down regulatory systems for equitable distribution of access to fishery resources. Instead of rewarding those few blessed with capital, catch shares hold opportunity for most stakeholders without. Indeed, smart and participatory catch share design can – and already does – ensure equity for all by protecting and promoting certain small scale constituents as part of the overriding program goal, right from the start. Legitimate concerns about ‘fair’ allocation tend to be a legacy from the old broken regulatory system, in which equity was lacking, and where small-scale local fishermen had to keep racing for a dwindling slice, of a shrinking supply base, against larger and faster vessels from a distant port. Under open access, Cape Cod’s hook and line fishermen were failing to compete with better equipped trawlers, but a secure and scientifically accountable quota created a sector cooperative: one that leveled the playing field. Catch shares are more democratic. Collective management allocates privileges of, by, for, and within communities as a way to redress past inequality. Hence under catch share programs, native Maori now hold tenure over half of New Zealand’s fish ; remote Native Americans along the coast of our largest State hold a fifth of all fish under catch shares in Alaska’s Community Development Quota. Even quota trading rules often benefit small scale fishermen. Alaskans designed their catch share exchanges for halibut and sablefish so that smaller-boat fishermen can purchase or lease shares from exiting larger vessels at a fair price – but not vice versa. Other catch shares set aside quota for the community, holding back shares as a social safety net for certain at risk fishermen as a buffer to build local resilience to external climatic and market forces. Rather than break with the past, catch shares embrace proven traditions, restoring what for centuries has worked to benefit the indigenous experience of local fishermen with an equitable stake in the long term value of their fishery. As with fish, so with the small scale families who fish them: what robust health the rise of big, industrial global forces nearly eradicated, catch shares put firmly back into place.Article courtesy of EDF.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
French trawler off Castletownbeare waits to be refloated tonight at high water.She didn't make it between the new port and starboard channel nav lights and went aground beside Came point hotel should re-float ok3x navy vessels standing by 2 assist French vessel aground in Castletownbere, no immediate risk to life and plan to refloat at 1am with tidePhoto courtesy of:Niall Duffy@WestCorkPhotohttp://www.westcorkphoto.com Press & PR Photographer based in West Cork.South West Correspondent for Irish Skipper. Mob:086-8937916The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean -- and shocking stats about its rapid decline -- as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.Sylvia Earle has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. She's led more than 50 undersea expeditions, and she's been an equally tireless advocate for our oceans and the creatures who live in them.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Putting the coming discard debate in ton context.Seafish established the Discard Action Group as an 'issue forum' to discuss and help resolve industry-wide problems.Mike Park, Scottish White Fish Producers Association and a Seafish Board member, chairs this group which is representative of the whole seafood supply chain. The group meets three to four times a year.The DAG was set up im May 2011 with this set of terms of reference:• The Group acts as an ‘issue forum’ playing a pivotal role in mediating a common approach to discard issues affecting the whole seafood supply chain. It is the only cross-industry group solely addressing the issue of discards. • The aim of the DAG is to improve understanding of the phenomenon of discarding; to explore the means by which discarding can be reduced to the minimum level practicable; to develop action plans to accelerate developments in specified areas; and to act as a hub to provide factual information that is both accessible and understandable. • The Discard Action Group (DAG) is autonomous, however its activities are reported to the Seafish-facilitated Common Language Group. Seafish provides the secretariat for the DAG. All information produced by the group should be placed in the public domain. • The DAG will typically meet three to four times per year to share information and monitor progress of activities. The participants will determine how often the group should meet based on current need and will also monitor the continuing role and effectiveness of the activities of the group. • Participants at DAG meetings should be representative of all relevant interests across the UK seafood supply chain: - the catching sector - the whole UK seafood supply chain - non-governmental organisations - legislators - regulators - technologists and scientists - other bodies pursuing this goal and, where appropriate, the media. • The DAG should help each sector to understand the perspectives of others and build consensus on issues relating to discarding. • The DAG should define and promote best practice in discard reduction. • The DAG should look for novel ways of incentivising the adoption of best practice. • The DAG should inform its participants and the wider community of new developments on an international, as well as national basis, acknowledging the fact we can learn from best practice from around the world. • The DAG should maintain a webpage, making current information on the topic and all the meeting minutes available. The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Interesting story appeared in the Guardian earlier this year of great relevance to the exploitation of outr waters and the huge influence that the oil industry has.Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent The Guardian, Wednesday 25 July 2012 17.48 BSTThe Arctic III rig used for drilling at Barryroe. Providence Resources says Ireland's offshore field may contain up to 1.6bn barrels of oil. Photograph: Finbarr O'Rourke/Providence Reso/PAIreland's first offshore oilfield contains more than 1bn barrels of oil, an exploration company drilling off the County Cork coast has announced.Providence Resources said Wednesday's results, which show that there could be up to 1.6bn barrels in the oilfield at Barryroe, far exceeded their previous projections.The company said oil rigs could be operational off the southern Irish coastline within three years.Tony O'Reilly, its chief executive, said the volume found in the Irish Sea could become as important to Ireland as the North Sea has been for the UK economy.At present Ireland imports 100% of its oil – a quarter of which is refined not far from Barryroe.The new results come after the successful drilling and testing of the Barryroe well back in March this year. Over the last few months data from the site has been taken to measure the volume of oil in the field.Following Wednesday's results O'Reilly described Barryroe as "the well that just keeps giving".He told the Guardian: "What really makes this special is that while we knew we had this big discovery, it has come in a lot bigger than we first expected. We think it is a hugely important moment in time for Ireland and its territorial waters."This well in Ballyroe is bigger than a lot of fields in the North Sea. The next question is – what will be the recovery rate? In the North Sea it's 38%. This is a very big tank of oil at Barryroe. Now we have to look how to develop this. The industry is beginning to speculate in London and they would have higher recovery rates than previously they thought possible from our field."O'Reilly claimed the Barryroe results and the potential of other exploratory oilfields in five other locations off the Irish coast had huge implications for the country's economy."Ireland consumes about 140,000 barrels of imported oil every day so imagine if the country started producing its own. In terms of security of supply, the jobs created and the revenue to the taxpayer this is very good news for the entire island at a time of recession."He added that it was fortunate that the oil had been located off the County Cork coast as it already contained industrial infrastructure that could help in the construction of future oil wells."You have the biggest oil refinery in the country that takes in about 25% of all oil Ireland consumes. Alongside that you also have the Kinsale gas field off Cork. So in terms of infrastructure we are perfectly positioned to get that oil out."The next step for Providence is to negotiate with big international oil companies operating in the North Sea and the Gulf to form a partnership to extract the oil.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Fish never looked so succulent - photographer David Griffen shoots food for a living - wonder if he gets to eat his subjects?The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Two stories hit the web today - both relate to the exploitation of fish from big foreign vessels. The first looks at an unusual offer from the Russian government to buy in a legal fishing opportunity off the coast of Senegal, while the other reports on foreign vessels making a mockery of local Goan fishing laws - sound familiar? - some things are slow to change it seems!The Russian government has expressed interest in undertaking big-scale fishing in the waters of several African countries in exchange for free university scholarships.The Senegalese News Agency, quoted the Russian embassy, said the Russians, apart from giving the scholarships, would also provide vehicles, construction material and office equipment to selected African countries.The targeted countries are Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and Namibia.The Association of Russian Fishermen currently operating in several West African countries was quoted as saying that the agreement would help them to “optimise” their catch.The association reportedly seeks to attain 400,000 tonnes of fish - mainly sardines and mackerel - and in turn hand over $160 million to the African countries.The Russian offer comes at a time when many West African countries and particularly Senegal, are pushing out foreign fishing companies which have been flaunting fisheries regulations over the years.Early this year, the international environmental watchdog Greenpeace disclosed that 44 giant Russian trawlers were massively exploiting fish resources within Senegal’s maritime territory and called for an immediate end to the practice.The watchdog explained that the vessels had each the capacity of harvesting about 250 tonnes of fish per day and were “dangerously threatening to deplete the fisheries resources” in Senegalese waters.Insiders said the Senegalese government has been losing over $4 billion annually to illegal fishing.Story courtesy of Africa Review web site:Sadly, in this story it seems the directorate of fishing is either complicit or unable or unwilling to do anything about illegal fishing!TEAM HERALD firstname.lastname@example.orgPANJIM: Local fishermen on Monday accosted six trawlers from Karnataka which were found allegedly fishing in Goan territorial waters, even as the huge catch from these boats was being auctioned till late night by the Directorate of Fisheries.Four of the trawlers were found off the Panjim coast, while two were caught off Vasco. Three of the trawlers were found berthed at the Malim jetty across Panjim late in the evening. An angry sounding Chairman of Mandovi Fisheries, Menino Afonso, said, “We sailed one hour from Panjim before accosting four of the trawlers fishing in Goan waters. These are having 350 hp engines, more powerful than our boats which run on 140 hp engines. This is illegal.” Afonso maintained each trawler had caught plenty of fish and the same was being auctioned by the Directorate of Fisheries. Director of Fisheries Nandkishor Verlekar remained present at the Malim Jetty till late night and was unavailable for a clear comment from his cell phone due to the auctioning chaos in the background. The Chairman of the Mandovi Fisheries said 15 days ago they had written to the Fisheries Department to station two officers to check outside trawlers fishing in Goan waters, but nothing was done in this regard. “While we have been given white colour code for our boats, these trawlers from outside don’t follow the same protocol. We also found out that none of the fishermen had identity cards. It looks like all the rules are for Goan fishermen only,” Afonso said while ridiculing conditions imposed on Goan fishermen.“If fishermen from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu cast their nets in our waters how are we supposed to earn our livelihood? We will have to dock our boats and go home,” he said.Mandovi Fisheries and other organizations of the boat owners have now called upon the authorities to pass a stern message to the Karnataka Government about their trawlers fishing here. They have threatened to block the Mandovi channel by docking their boats in the middle till the Government takes note of their grievances and takes firm steps to check the menace. Afonso said they have given a complaint to the Directorate of Fisheries and are waiting to see what action they will be taking against these trawlers. Story courtesy of the Goan Herald online.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
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Cracking quality from the inshore trawler Inisfallen...while up at the Western end of the market traditionally the preserve of the net boats, the Ajax's final trip of the year produced well over a hundred boxes of good sized hake...all bright-eyed and bushy tailed... complete with QR code tallies...plenty of megrim soles with the beam trawler Trevessa IV...and a big run of ray from the inshore trawler Shiralee...wide open gills on a big cod, inside, the gill plates are as sharp as razor blades!...best bass boats had a good weekend on the Runnelstone Reef...and this is typical of the finest line caught cod on the market, not a scale out of place...the sardines are showing again... alongside the fish market for the last time this year... the boys on the Ajax over-end a tier of nets ready to go ashore for repairs... as Tom keeps watch under the early morning moon and stars.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
A good-news story from the North Sea!FISHING trials centred on addressing the issue of discards, involving five Grimsby-registered vessels, have produced positive results.The throwing away of fish at sea – an issue highlighted by television cook Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall provoking widespread concern – has been virtually eliminated in the study.Discards of sole, cod, plaice, megrim and angler fish were drastically reduced.Operated on behalf of the Department For Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Marine Management Organisation report details how the practice could be an alternative method of managing fisheries, at a time when the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is undergoing reform.The trials encourage fishermen to fish more selectively and land all of what they catch.Participating vessels were provided with additional quota that amounted to three quarters of the typical discards.As a result the average discard rate in the North Sea cod trawl dropped from 38 per cent to 0.2 per cent.Vessels were not permitted to discard any of the species in the trials, including those below the minimum size.Undersized fish catches were also low, suggesting more selective fishing.James Cross, chief executive of the MMO, said: "This is really good news for all those interested in a long-term, sustainable future for our fishing industry."By working with fishermen to develop innovative solutions, we hope to reduce waste of our marine resources, while increasing healthy seas and fish stocks for the future."Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon is keen for the trials to be rolled out to other fisheries in advance of CFP reform.Full story courtesy of the Grimsby Telegraph.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Skipper David Stevens supervises loading a refurbished set of trawl doors aboard the twin rigging trawler, Crystal Sea II. The using of two trawls together rather than one equivalent larger trawl has proved highly successful for white fish boats. As yet, there are still only a small number of boats rigged this way s in the South West despite the huge increase in catch rates seen by those practising the dark art of twin rigging!The video below, commissioned by Notus, an electronics company that provides monitoring gear used by many of the bigger vessels gives an excellent overview of the work and setup involved.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
In previous postings Mogen Shou and others have made reference to the use of CCTV aboard fishing vessels to monitor exactly what the boat catches and when. Danish trials using CCTV on a small number of selected vessels proved popular with some - but there are still a sizeable number of boats who feel this is a step too far with shades of an oppressive Orwellian regime looming ever larger.Allowing for the law of unintended consequences, one potential positive outcome of the trials would be to provide concrete and irrefutablee evidence of the abundance of some species! - time will tell. Fishermen and fisheries advisers in the EU are desperate for change to happen sooner rather than later in terms of responding to initiatives like these - especially as the annual generally fraught CFP talks take place later this month to set next year's TACs.Danish fishermen recently ran a pilot study allowing CCTV to monitor there every move - a sort of nautical Big brother only this time the stars of the show ere mainly North Sea fish floundering on deck rather than wannabes floundering on some decking!The trials were widely reported in Scotland where a similar pilot study has since been carried out.This report fro STVs News web site:Scientists placed cameras onboard seven boats like the Fru Middelboe in a pilot study - allowing them to monitor all the fish that were caught and thrown away.Aqua Scientist Lotte Kindt-Larsen from Denmark Technical University said: "We normally don't have access to this kind of data except for having observers onboard, but now we are filming everything and we have data for every day they go out."Each year one million tonnes of fish are dumped back dead into EU waters - either legally because legislation stops skippers landing what they have caught, or illegally when fishermen throw away small fish for larger, more profitable ones.The Danes say their study has shown the quantity of discards decreases when cameras are installed.Powerful environmental groups who warn of critically low fish stocks have given their backing to the scheme.WWF Marine Policy Officer Louize Hill said: "The use of cameras onboard is fantastic. WWF has advocated the use of observers on fishing boats for a long time to record what is actually being caught because with the present system we can only record what's landed."The discards row has left fishermen branded as environmental villains – one of the reasons why Fin Svendsen, the skipper of the Kingfisher was keen to sign up to the scheme.Mr Svendsen said: "I think it's a good idea to have onboard because then we can show how much we catch without discards."But clearing their name is not the fishermen’s’ only incentive.The Danish Government want to allow boats with cameras to land and sell more fish - a move they say is achievable because existing quotas already deduct discards from the amount fishermen are allowed to catch.If there are no discards then fishermen could catch the full amount.To do this they need the European Commission's backing, which means they will have to persuade the rest of Europe that it is a good idea.Ministerial Adviser Mogens Schou said: "It's of course crucial that other member states and the EU commission can see that there's an advantage and it's also crucial I think that we can see it can be a driver for fishermen to be more accountable for what they fish."Scotland is already showing interest in the proposal with a pilot scheme launched last month.Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP said: "It will show the policy makers, particularly in Brussels who are often very heavy handed, what actually happens onboard the fishing vessels and the impact that their regulations can have."However, not all Scots fishermen are convinced by the introduction of the cameras - seeing it as spying by Brussels.Scots skipper David Milne said: "We have satellite monitoring, we are going to electronic log books in 2011 and we feel it's just an infringement of our human rights to have someone watching us day in day out at our work."But for the Danes, cameras are a way of freeing fishermen from the bureaucracy of Brussels - with CCTV they say there is no need for the 2,600 rules which currently govern every aspect of fishing.It remains to see if Denmark’s seafaring neighbours in Europe will be similarly convinced. This video gives a guided tour of how the system was set up for the trials.CCTV cameras on fishing vessels ensure that all fish caught are counted. Fishermen can have increased quotas, control can be reduced, and consumer be assured of sustainability.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Mogens Schou has added a further comment to the ongoing debate being held on LinkedIn:"The reformed CFP (at present council’s general approach) has a Janus face looking into the past with ongoing micro management and into the future with results based management. As a framework regulation the transition to the new policy requires a prudence and “understanding of the principles” implementation. A critical factor is the phasing in of industry responsibility and phasing out of public regulation – especially the risk of deregulation being too slow, thereby stalling the incentive effects of CQM. See http://www.blog.clientearth.org/reform/ “reaping the benefits of the CFP”. Now, my point is that industry driven large scale trials may set the standard for the implementing regulations. Such trials are already done in CQM - Catch Quota Management trials conducted by Denmark, UK and Germany since 2008 and now covering about 30 % of cod catches in the North Sea (see www.fvm.dk/yieldoffish ). I see a number of opportunities to deal with the new CFP issues this way. A support from funders to the industry in designing, following and reporting such trials could be a very concrete way of moving the new management ahead - before the deadlines set in the CFP and in a way that ensure that regulations do not only protect the fish but also provide the food output and economy we want. How to deal with the discard ban and the necessary exemptions, how to tackle the choke species problem, how to establish community pooling ensuring the matching of quotas with catches – etc, how to establish comprehensive data from commercial vessels etc"Mogens SchouAdvisor to the Minister of FisheriesSlotsholmsgade 12 CPHmsc@fvm.dk; +45 22 61 05 75The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Follow a new discussion on LnkedIn about the technical debate about MMO Trial to reduce Discards.Latest study from MMO must be precisely discussed. This experiment is a great issue and a first attempt to solve the administrative cause of discarding through catch quota tool. The results shows a high drop of discard when fishermen have enough quota. This also shows that main cause of North sea high rates of discard should be addressed with the 2 levels of administrative constraints regarding scarcity of quotas: 1°) low TAC which can be solved by catch quota at EU level and 2) national conditions of distributing quotas (see impact of UK FQA and especially leasing of quotas) I propose here to have a technical discussion about the following issues: - what are the conditions surrounding this experiment and how this experiment could be used to solve the matter: fishery pre-existing rate of discard, type of fishing gear involved, multispecific species catches issues - quota availability: how this experiment succeed to find extraquota to be included in the catch-quota (through inclusion of discard estimation inside the catch quota? In the existing quota scheme, are we sure we can find enough extraquota for all fisheries? Please, use a simple English in your writing to enable all not-at-ease English readers or writers to participate (such as me) Discards reduced through catch quota trial marinemanagement.org.uk News story about the publication of the final report from the catch quota trials in 2011 that show the trials are having success in reducing disards. The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Rob van Ginkel spent two years living with a fishing community on the island of Texel in the Netherlands. He studied the evolution of the community over 300 years and analyzed its resilience in his book Braving Troubled Waters. We present here a translation last pages of his conclusion. Fishermen recognize that without no regulation of any kind, tragedy is imminent. However, they are struggling to grapple with uncertainties that external authorities fishing have created for the future. They are always adapted to the vicissitudes the ecosystem and markets but now much oppose fantastic powers that go beyond their capabilities adaptation. Usually fishermen have short horizons term. Because of the high levels of uncertainty, they prefer to schedule short term. Incentives to adopt a new mode of production are inextricably linked to opportunities change and the costs and benefits collected. first sight, the fishermen seem to be very conservative.Often, they stubbornly oppose any change in the management system stocks, and over time, it they happened to let their discontent through strikes, demonstrations, blockades, refusal to obey and clashes with foreign competitors and authorities. From the point of view of fishermen themselves, they generally good reasons to do so. This book highlights some contradictions management systems and policies fishing and the ambivalence of answers Fishermen try to do make, and the perverse results of process.Between the aims by implementing policies, and the desired results, there seems to beyawning gap. New systems management often go against fishing strategies devoted through use of coping skills, flexibility and behaviors diversion. Claiming culturally independence and individualism inherent in their profession, fishermen are often suspicious and not accept the interference of officials responsible for fisheries and regulations, especially when consider that the measures are inadequate and unfair. "The motivations of fisheries stakeholders and legitimacy moral management measures are closely related to the goals and values "(T. Veswtergaard). To better, they are divided against intervention outside. However, it would be wrong to say that fishermen that victims are fragile intervention of the state. They try to do the best in the world full of restrictions and structures and they sail on dangerous seas literally and Figuratively. Independently because we can not not mean that fishermen are autonomous actors - inserted as they are in social configurations wider - they are actors. They plan, combine, conspire and adapt their lives to the new realities management systems, on the lookout faults, breaking the rules if they believe that this is what should be to cooperate and if they find advantage. All fishermen are not satisfied not respond to the "rules of game ", there are also those who are innovators assets, trying to anticipate the constraints imposed by the State, to maintain control. In both cases, fishermen confront national governments and supranational to situations that authorities must respond later. This dynamic two-way has profoundly affected the nature of process of setting up a policy fisheries. For example, of state policy on the development and modernization of the fleet. Ironically, it was first used grants to fund development capacity and then used public moneyto reduCe this capacity, taxing doubly citizens. We and includes such a dialectic fails to fishers who initially received encouragement to invest and then were severely limited in their operations.Adding insult to injury, they were accused of practicing overfishing, whereas early, they begged the state to cap the engine power. The dialectic is also evident in a higher degree integration.The management system creates contradictions and unexpected results In the European Union, "the actors governmental and nongovernmental no longer have the monopoly on the political agenda. They define public policy through interactions, negotiations and permanent compromise "(Lequesne). Although fishermen accept not the countless regulations Brussels that imposes it is ironic to note that for much they were originally requests for exemptions from was that to ensure the rights best, each company land had the largest share possible national time as short as possible, regardless individual limits. With an application more severe, and in particular following the introduction of groups co-management, this type of behavior has changed. However, it took effort to ensure that fishermen bend to the fisheries policy.Legitimacy and transparency were the basis of the relatively successful important governance systems Recent. The government has also encouraged shipowners to invest in buying more landing rights. The Most owners of Texel were eager to do, with precisely as economists neoclassical predicted that the fishermen strongest and most effective respond well, as there was in their own interests, they showed individualism constructive increasing their landing rights. The skippers of Texel now have at their disposal a significant portion of the national share TAC of sole and plaice. In Generally, they assimilate these rights to land a certain quantity of fish property of this quantity of always fish swimming in the sea Their fishing effort obviously tends to focus on the species they have "bought". They should refrain to do, spending to buy the quotas were and are therefore wasted costs highly unproductive - a real loss. "The rights to land" have therefore tend to become "Duty to capture," which can have ecological consequences harmful. In addition to preventing the possibility to adapt to another type fishing and so the flexibility and resilience the quota system means that the absolute quantities of fish that rights holders can land fluctuate from year to year, and sometimes brutally. This fact, buying landing rights additional investment is precarious also lends itself to speculation considerable "right based on the percentage offering less security ...and marketability owners (Rose).In addition, the regulations of the day Sea conflict with the interest increased quotas, which interfere with the transfer market because that if there is under-utilization of quotas, their market supply exceeds demand and prices fall. The worst fear is that shipowners pencil stroke replaces Brussels landing rights by days at sea regime Fishermen can adapt to a constantly mutation Many problems arise from the inclination of the for consistency regulations applied all member states. These rules and regulations are not always meaning for some fisheries and they can cause "incentives perverse "and produce" effects harmful "(Acheson).The problem is that simplifications generic and homogenizing bystates (J. C. Scott) for a technocratic management environments fail the social and natural mostly because they are in contradiction with the knowledge local practices and expertise context that can not be acquired in the field and experience. Situations discrete dynamic Composites are engineered to become standardized data aggregated into static and simplified to manage and control. However, such planning projects scale fail most time because they do not know what J. Scott calls "metis" whole range of skills and intelligence gained to adapt a natural human environment constantly changing. " In this context, it could be a strategy reasonable goals management, more attention supported the fishers 'knowledge' into extreme fluctuations account ecosystem, releasing the same modernist assumption that time of predictability associated with the project ecological sustainability (Palsson). These modes of knowledge must be reinstated in management structures and policy and ideally, users resource are closely associated in this process, because they are particularly affected by the outcome.To adapt optimally these strategies should provide flexibility, given that Forces distant, capricious, contingent contributing to uncertainties and risk, affect local resources and their users. We should remind us that all structures governance "imply balance between stability and flexibility authority and representation, individual and society "(Hanna), while their results are difficult to predict and control. Thus, actors and communities continue to dependSocial Resilience: ability to cope with disturbances to environmental changes, political and social (Adger). At present, however, most economic concern fishermen Texel is how survive the current depression caused primarily by fuel prices n which are never reached such a level. If there are no signs the end of the crisis, owners will just what many their predecessors did in thepast to cope with difficult times for the love of their life.Rob van Ginkel The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Ryan shrugs off the sleet and rain as he guides another set of boxes packed with hake from the fishroom aboard the Gary M.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Why not treat yourself to a gorgeous three course meal for well under £10! - and give the catering students at penwith College the chance to impress you with their gastronimic skills - who knows you may have your fish cooked by the next Ben Tunnicliffe!And its good to see some of Newlyn's finest fresh fish gracing the menu too!Senara Christmas menu available everyTuesday to FridayTake away bread and soup available every day from 12pm to 1.30pmStartersFennel, leek + potato soup w/ rosemary croutonsSmoked mackerel + herring rilette w/plum + ginger chutney + toasted focacciaGravalax cured salmon w/ beetroot Carpaccio, fresh horseradish + micro herb salad w/ lemon oil*****MainsChicken wrapped in pancetta w/ pecarino gnocchi, curly kale, confit garlic + gorgonzola creamButternut squash, mascarpone + pine nut risotto w/ crispy sage butter + parmesanBaked megrim sole fillet w/ sun blush tomato + basil stuffing w/ sauté new potatoes, roast cherry vine tomatoes + chilli oil*****DessertsSenara boozy berry triffleDark chocolate pot w/ chocolate shortbread + orange chantillytrio of sorbets ‘ pear, peach + lemon’ with berry salad + toasted pistachiossenara cheese’s w/ chutney + oat cakes To book at tabel (advisable) phone the Senara Restaurant on 01736 335215 - events and large parties also catered for - ask for details.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
More comments resulting from Peche Development's report on Blue Charities connections within the European fishing industry and their attempts to present the industry in a bad light.Original text here : http://www.alternatives-economiques.fr/peche--business-bleu_fr_art_1175_61294.htmlFishery: Blue Business in decoding Ecological issuesThe French NGO “Pêche et développement” has made a big wave in the sea of already-made ideas about sustainable management of the fishing resources. Its report “Blue Charity Business” (http://www.peche-dev.org/spip.php?article685) shows that many NGOs committing against overfishing (WWF, Greenpeace, New Economic Foundation), which contribute through their lobbying in Bruxelles to conduct the on going reform of the European Common Fisheries Policy, are widely funded by a small group of big foundations, mainly American.Yet, these organisations choose to wrongly present fishing activities as a whole as an organised looting of the seas, warns the report. Warning is also issued to the beneficiaries (E NGOs). Foundations also promote a privatised management of the fishing quotas. Such influence could result in a drastic drop of fishing employment, to which public opinion is formed by false messages presenting a caricatural image of environmental impacts of the fishing industry.The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
Sportin her new winch and net drum, the inshore trawler Imogen landed some cracking cod...while the beam trawl fleet keep digging those megs from the sand...the western end of the market was chocka with the biggest and best line caught bass...with the Butts bagging some beauties in the 2-4 kilo range...saving space at sea, the fast cat, Cyclone winged her ray this trip - this is the practice of trimming the wings of the ray from the body - the bodies are then used for crab pot bait...the bass just get bigger and bigger!...back in again, the ex-Newlyn beam trawler, Georges Johannes...is being watched by Pooh Bear...last section of the sidewinder Anthony is ready to be shipped away to make some sort of buidling it seems!...Wherry Town Coop has been re-built including the garage forecourt...you were warned!The latest news on the freshest fish and fishing from Newlyn in Cornwall.
...PC David Kirk, DC Rebecca Canning, Jan Campbell, Andy Addison, Steven Campbell, Michael Crockford, Jenni Kilvington, Lindsey Newlyn and Amy Sewell. A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman added that the five-month extensive investigation included the assistance...
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With the fine weather due to break, all but the just landed St Georges are at sea......the punts are enjoying a fine run of bass, like these from Cap'n Cod aboard the Butts, from around the Runnelstone Reef......el congero blanco, not like the big black one landed the other week......there's more black by way of the new season's cuttles on their way to Ocean Fish......while the inshore trawler
Never slow to sniff out an opportunity, a few of the Newlyn ring netters slipped their moorings last week and headed east - not a decision taken lightly in this neck of the woods as the old adage has it that, 'West is best, East is least'! However, where the elusive little anchovy is concerned its a case of, 'go East for a feast'! At around £2,000 per ton even a small boat can earn some serious
"When I'm 63", up on the slip one of Newlyn's old timers, the Marie Claire gets some tlc below the waterline...... dipping her bow into a low swell, the Dom Bosco makes her way towards the Low Lee buoy...... while Mr Morley takes the inside route on his way out for a day on the 'king of fish', bass poles at the ready...... after several days of gales it will be a few more days before there is
MSC assessment status:Read the latest bulletin from the MSC, Bristol Channel Ray assessment.The certification body, Moody Marine Ltd, has announced that the Bristol Channel ray fisheries have entered full assessment. Initially Moody Marine seeks to open a dialogue with all organisations or individuals with a direct interest in the fishery. Anyone wishing to provide comments or information to the
Making her way past the Anglian Princess, the punt Zephyr picks up a wave and forces Cap'n Tucker to turn his head and dodge the spray......meanwhile, alongside Mousehole Island the Butts takes more spray....and it's at times like this Cap'n Cod is thankful he invested in that small cuddy.....time to shelter from the fresh breeze and drop in the Old Coastguard for a pint and some nibbles.
Minutes before 11 o'clock, gathered outside the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, representatives of the armed services, family, friends and others prepare to honour those who fell while serving their country.
Turquoise to go......delivered by forklift, the Tranquility's heavy doors as required for twin-rig trawling......round in his second home, Traz has the Dignity on a pontoon berth as apposed to riding out the heavy swells in St Ives harbour where she is based for the rest of the year.....with a forar'd wheelhouse the Emerald Star no doubt needs the clearview window at times......Crystal Sea II,
Visiting Irish scalloper Emerald Star......has plenty of room up in the bow to store tooth bars.......she works 8 dredges a side......up goes the scaffolding on the Resurgan......a beast of a night and not to be missed in the Swordfish.....Breton trawler bound away......over in Penzance wet dock the Scillonian has been brought in for her winter lay-up.....closely monitored by harbourmaster Neil
In case you have missed the debate - over on the Newlyn.info web site there is an open and frank discussion developing with regard to plans to develop the new fish market. The site has now registered over 4.500 hits which is a measure of the interest being generated in the plans since the televising of BBC1's Inside Out's investigation on Monday evening.Two things are becoming clear.First, there
This is the first of three short videos shot on cine film around 1967. Pat Pilkerton's father narrates. A big thank you to the family for allowing this fascinating film to be seen again!In the first clip towards the end the sight of huge crayfish will surely provoke some comment and, for those who were around at the time, there are plenty of familiar faces to spot and name!Part IIShots of girls
Dark, broody, menacing moonlit skies hang over a harbour full of boats........ including the solitary Alf from les Sables - a sign of the times in that not so many years ago there would have been up to twenty similar Breton boats sheltering in Newlyn during and extended blow.
Dave Pessel explains the computer auction system at Plymouth Trawler Agents (courtesy of BBC's Inside Out - South West)Last night, BBC1's regional current affairs programme Inside Out investigated a situation that has developed over plans for a new fish market in Newlyn. Currently, the harbour commissioners, chaired by Billy Stevenson from the local family fishing firm, have put out and accepted
...a sudden bright view opened up: St Michael's Mount straight ahead in a shining sea that stretched away across the bay towards Newlyn and Mousehole. But at once the road dipped again, and we were back in the valley. We found a footpath, climbed a stone stile,...
No doubt there will be much interest and some strong local viewing figures when the BBC1 programme, Inside Out, does Newlyn's new fish market this evening at 7.30pm. The MFA have now said that they are happy for things to progress (regarding the proposed new fish market) with the news that the harbour commissioners will soon be adopting a new constitution that will see the number of commissioners
In complete contrast to Sunday morning, Monday's skies are almost full of light and almost no wind...... a few boxes of skate are up for auction..... along with some good looking plaice...... and a good run of winter mackerel making an appearance..... snapped up by South Coast Fisheries are these tasty scad...... top quality shot from the Tracy Claire includes a good run of monk tails, cod, ray
No chance of confusing ownership of these net bins..... with the weather a tad inclement outside the gaps a few hardened anglers take shelter angling from the comfort of a pontoon berth.....out in the Bay, the gale force winds have veered west nor'westerly almost obscuring the Anglian Princess on station..... the result of strong onshore wind on a southerly facing shore - plenty of weed.
Two boats and two decent hauls of anchovies off the Devon coast earlier this week prompts an immediate frenzy of mis-reporting in the national press - global warming and an imminent Franco-Spanish fishing invasion to cite just two examples of the need to create rather than report the news. The fish are found well inside any fishing limits and there are records going back years of anchovy being
late Friday evening and a couple of smaller netters get their fish ashore..... along with the Britannia IV landing to a lorry.
Date check for the Finding Sanctuary MPA day at the Cornwall Fisheries Resource Centre - it is on Wednesday the 4th November and not Monday as previously indicated here!
Dull and dismal with nothing visible beyond the quay looking towards St Michael's Mount this morning.....but indoors, in the bright and more cheerful surroundings of Newlyn Harbour Cafe a bunch of 'Mission rejects' as dubbed by cafe regular Jake, take early morning tea and discuss the state of the nation, tea and toast topics included anchovies and scad...... along the road and past the ice
Knowledge is power so the saying goes, if that's the case then a visit to the Cornwall Fisheries Resource Centre next Wednesday will provide an opportunity to find out more about Marine Protected Areas (MPA).If you have any questions, local ex-fisherman, Spike Searle from Finding Sanctuary (sounds more like a tree-hugger's retreat than an organisation dedicated to the well-being of marine life
Just what the boats don't need after days at sea on arriving to land their fish on a deserted quayside in the dark - searching the length and breadth of the fish market the boys from the Gary M eventually found just enough palettes on which to put their fish into the cold store...... when landing at low water, and with hundreds of pounds of fish per box, care needs to be taken to see that the
A Carnal (Crow) and a Crane discuss the Nativity to the tune Plethen Newlyn! Don`t worry - talking birds were common in folklore.
One for the diary or your Sky+ - next Monday, 2nd November on BBC1 at 7.30pm - the regional current affairs programme Inside Out has a piece on the proposed new fish market in Newlyn which explores some events leading to the current position and looks at the key issues and players behind the proposal. Should make for interesting viewing - it is likely that this previou posts, provides some of the