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    Default Buoyant scampi sales down to “comfort factor”

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishnewseu
    Monday, 16 March 2009 11:08

    NEPHROPS landings may be worrying with prices in the doldrums, but by contrast the frozen scampi sector is doing well according to Seafish.

    A favourite for over 60 years, sales of frozen scampi have risen by 13% over the last two years amd the popularity is being put down to a comfort factor as Britons seek refuge in foods that remind them of happier times. As such, sales of frozen scampi in the UK are now worth £51,756,000.

    Seafood company Young's was responsible for the invention of scampi in 1946 in post-war Britain.
    Since then, Young's has been blazing the trail in product development with - which has led to scampi becoming a popular meal time choice for younger consumers as well as families.

    Scampi is made from the tails of langoustines, which are mainly caught off the coast of Scotland, and are naturally high in Omega 3 and Vitamin A. Prized in Europe as a luxury food, langoustine is fast gaining recognition amongst chefs and foodies in the UK.

    Jon Harman, Development Director at Seafish, says: "Langoustine is a shellfish high in Omega 3 and rich source of Vitamin A - an antioxidant that promotes general health and is especially good for eyesight and skin. Consumers can enjoy scampi knowing it not only tastes great but it is also good for your health."

    Hugh Taylor, Category Development Controller at Young's, says: "There have been some exciting new scampi products launched recently which have helped sales rise. However, I think a key reason for the current success is that people tend to indulge themselves in a recession and scampi is a delicious treat which almost everyone enjoys. Hopefully now more people are rediscovering scampi, it's a trend that will continue."

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    Default Lochhead thumbs-down for legal opinion bid

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishnewseu
    Monday, 16 March 2009 18:02

    SCOTTISH Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead has turned down a request for a joint legal opinion from Scottish and English Law Officers on Scotland’s controversial quota and licensing plans, it emerged tonight.

    In a written Scottish parliamentary answer, Mr Lochhead has told Orkney MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat fisheries spokesman Liam McArthur, that as a result of the devolution settlement and the fact that Scotland now has a devolved administration, it would be “highly unusual” for the Scottish Government “to require to seek” a joint Opinion with the Westminster Government from the respective Law Officers.

    Mr Lochhead has also told the MSP that the Scottish Government do not publicly discuss the details of the legal opinion they have received on the issue or indeed if they have asked for opinion.

    But the Minister has stuck to the line that the Scottish administration is convinced they are acting within their powers.

    Mr McArthur tonight heavily criticised the Scottish Government's response to the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation request for a joint opinion and also the refusal to publish legal advice.

    "The Scottish Government is only too happy to claim that the advice they have received for minimum alcohol pricing shows it to be legal. But when it comes to the livelihoods of Scottish fisherman all we hear is a firm 'no comment'. That is not good enough.

    "The Scottish Fishing industry needs to feel confident that the Scottish Government is making decisions on its future based on firm evidence and sound legal advice. The political arm wrestling with Westminster over this issue must end. "

    Mr McArthur had asked the Scottish Government in a written question:

    ”Whether it will accede to the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation’s request for a joint legal opinion to be given by the Scottish and UK law officers on the legality of the Scottish Executive’s proposals on fishing quotas and licences?”.

    Mr Lochhead replied:

    ” The Scottish Government does not disclose either that Law Officers' advice has been sought or what that advice was. As a result of the devolution settlement and the fact that Scotland now has a devolved administration, it would be highly unusual for the Scottish Government to require to seek a joint Opinion with the Westminster Government from the Law Officers."

    Mr Lochhead also told the MSP:” The Scottish Government does not discuss legal advice publicly. We are confident what is proposed is within devolved competence of Scottish ministers.”

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    Default Days at sea / CFP

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/...st/7965284.stm

    Quote Originally Posted by BBC
    Fishermen have warned they are being forced to tie up their boats for weeks on end, because they have run out of days they are allowed to spend at sea.

    It has been claimed the issue could drive many boats out of business.

    In Macduff, Allen Findlay - skipper of Concorde - said his seven-strong crew now faced several weeks without pay.

    Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said there were problems with the latest EU deal, and has been seeking changes.

    Mr Findlay told BBC Scotland he was having to tie up his boat for five weeks, adding: "For the next five weeks it will cost me. I have got seven of a crew."

    He said they would then be at sea for three weeks, so families of his crew would only get one payment in that time.

    Mr Lochhead said 2009 was set to be a tough year for many fishermen, saying: "They are very concerned about their future."


    Allen Findlay said his crew faced challenging times financially
    That kinda puts the previous claims of the "Scottish Government" to the sword I think.....

    "Fishermen set for more sea days "
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/...st/7866868.stm
    Quote Originally Posted by BBC
    A scheme to allow fishermen to win the right to have more days at sea has been unveiled by the Scottish Government.

    Conservation credits will reward skippers with top up days if they adopt conservation measures.

    These include using prawn nets that allow cod to escape and avoiding fishing in cod conservation areas.

    Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) chief executive Bertie Armstrong said the industry still faced challenges in coping with tough EU.

    Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "We face big challenges this year as we step up our efforts to ensure sustainable fisheries and tackle discards. But Conservation Credits II will get us off to a flying start.

    "The ground-breaking efforts of our fishermen under the previous scheme marked the beginning of a brave new approach to sustainable fishing in Scotland.

    "It has rightly been heralded as the standard-bearer for the European fleet and embedded in the new EU cod recovery plan. We have earned the right to determine ourselves the arrangements that will apply to our own fleet."

    'Demonstrated willingness'

    Mr Armstrong said: "While we in Scotland are a step ahead, we must not fail to recognise the stark reality that this year there is less available effort - or time at sea - to go round.

    "The initial basic allocation includes a very severe reduction, particularly for some sections of the fleet. The changes in gear and in fishing patterns required to recover some of those days back will make a very real difference to commercial viability.

    "The reason for these measures in the first place is to reduce - in a recovering stock - the total amount of cod removed from the sea. The Scottish industry has demonstrated a willingness to make this happen and will continue to do so."

    He added: "There will now be a period of consultation and the end result has to be a set of measures that will permit an industry that is already fishing sustainably to remain commercially sustainable as well."
    Watching the news last night Alan said he spent tens of thousands on new gear and since then the gear regulations had been changed by the "Scottish Parliament" making his new nets not conform to the regulations.

    It is impossible for anyone to keep up to date with the constantly changing goal-posts set out by politicians that do not have a clue what they are doing , both in Edinburgh / Westminster and the EU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teletext
    Salmond 'in denial' over fish

    The First Minister is "in denial" about problems facing the fishing industry, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has said.

    The Lib Dem leader said fishermen put their lives in danger by fishing in stormy seas and may go bankrupt because of a European deal signed in December.

    He said: "Fishermen face bankruptcy because of the deal - not my words but those of Scottish fishing leaders."

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    Default Moves already being made to ease industry pain, says Lochhead

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishnewseu
    Thursday, 26 March 2009 15:02

    SCOTTISH Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead said today that he was "acutely aware" that life is tough for fishermen.

    But speaking after "constructive" talks with Scottish White Fish Producers' Association executive chairman Mike Park and vice chairman John Watt at the Scottish Parliament this morning, Mr Lochhead said the Scottish Government would do all they can to support the industry.

    He said:
    "I am acutely aware that the tough restrictions imposed by the EU, combined with the global economic situation, are making life difficult for some of our fleets. They can rest assured that we will continue to do everything in our power to support them during these difficult times.

    "Today's helpful meeting was the first of many that I'll be holding with the industry over the coming weeks as part of our commitment to find a way through this together. We are already looking to increase the number of buy back options under the Conservation Credits scheme and are ready to consider further suggestions as part of our consultation with skippers about what the long-term system for allocating effort should be.

    "We have also given skippers the option of bringing forward 10 days from their allocation later in the year - to take the heat out of the market for days.

    "The deal secured at December Council helped to avoid some distinctly unpalatable alternatives such as the closure of the lucrative west coast prawn fishery and having 25 per cent cuts in days at sea across the board. We are continuing to work with the industry to develop these measures, which are also having an impact on our European neighbours.

    "Nonetheless we recognise that the industry's difficulties are further compounded by the current economic crisis. This is hitting communities and industries hard across Scotland and the fishing industry is no different.

    "As previously mentioned by the industry, my officials are meeting with Commission officials next week to underline that while we are committed to cod recovery and have led the way in developing cod avoidance measures the effect on the fleets is hard, particularly in the worsening economic climate."

    *Commenting after challenging Alex Salmond at First Minister's Questions to respond to the crisis in the Scottish fishing industry, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Tavish Scott MSP said:
    "The First Minister's answer to me today about the crisis in fishing was delusional.

    "He represents the North East of Scotland - an area dependent on fishing.

    "The First Minister is out of touch with what's happening to Scotland's fishing industry, which faces the worst economic crisis in fifteen years.

    "He said the only issue of concern was the price of prawns. What planet is he on?

    "The First Minister should immediately meet all fishing leaders across the country who are telling him the industry is in crisis because the SNP signed up to the wrong deal in Europe.

    "There is a month to change these disastrous rules. Alex Salmond has got to realise how serious the situation is and take action."

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    Default Days at sea – quayside anger must now result in practical change

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishupdate
    The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is calling for urgent action to revise the ‘totally unworkable’ regulations controlling the number of days that fishing vessels put to sea that were agreed last December at the EC Fish Council in Brussels.

    There is deep anger and frustration within the Scottish fishing industry over the effort control regulations that are affecting the economic viability of large sections of the fishing fleet. Recent angry exchanges in the Scottish parliament have further highlighted the depth of feeling on the issue in fishing communities across Scotland.

    The Federation will be meeting with Scottish government and European Commission officials tomorrow and Wednesday where it will press for immediate action to resolve the issue.

    Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: 'The scene is set by the unmistakable message from the men at sea – that the regulations controlling days at sea, worked up over 2008 and agreed finally by the Council of Ministers last December are unworkable. There was no proper economic impact assessment done at the time of introduction and the real truth is now becoming apparent - lack of days at sea to harvest fish sustainably is threatening the viability of sectors of the industry.

    All of us involved: the industry, governments in Edinburgh and Whitehall and the European Commission, must now take the essential next step and urgently look for practical change to the regulations.

    'There is no industry which is unaffected by the world economic turmoil. Every business is looking at its regulatory framework and business plans. The fishing industry will simply not accept any heel dragging.

    'There must be no resistance to this process of urgently seeking change. The deal signed up to in December by member states can be defended no longer – the world has changed radically. If we are to survive we must have a new approach to the crucial matter of days at sea. The Scottish industry has led the way in fish stock sustainability and this part will not change one bit; however, there are choices over the speed and strength of measures. These can and must be adjusted to ensure the sustainability of the industry itself.'
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    Default Federation say quayside anger must lead to change

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishnewseu
    Monday, 30 March 2009 12:41

    THE Scottish Fishermen’s Federation said today they are calling for urgent action to revise the “totally unworkable” regulations controlling the number of days that fishing vessels put to sea.

    The rules were agreed last December at the EC Fish Council in Brussels but the federation underlined today that there is “deep anger and frustration” in the Scottish fishing industry over the effort control regulations that are affecting the economic viability of large sections of the fishing fleet.

    The federation said recent angry exchanges in the Scottish Parliament have further highlighted the depth of feeling on the issue in fishing communities across Scotland.

    The federation will be meeting with Scottish Government and European Commission officials tomorrow and Wednesday where they will press for immediate action to resolve the issue.

    Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Federation said: “The scene is set by the unmistakable message from the men at sea – that the regulations controlling days at sea, worked up over 2008 and agreed finally by the Council of Ministers last December are unworkable.

    “There was no proper economic impact assessment done at the time of introduction and the real truth is now becoming apparent - lack of days at sea to harvest fish sustainably is threatening the viability of sectors of the industry.

    “All of us involved: the industry, governments in Edinburgh and Whitehall and the European Commission, must now take the essential next step and urgently look for practical change to the regulations.

    “There is no industry which is unaffected by the world economic turmoil. Every business is looking at its regulatory framework and business plans. The fishing industry will simply not accept any heel dragging.

    “There must be no resistance to this process of urgently seeking change. The deal signed up to in December by member states can be defended no longer – the world has changed radically. If we are to survive we must have a new approach to the crucial matter of days at sea. The Scottish industry has led the way in fish stock sustainability and this part will not change one bit; however, there are choices over the speed and strength of measures. These can and must be adjusted to ensure the sustainability of the industry itself.”

    *Commenting ahead of the meeting between the Scottish Fisherman's Federation, the Scottish Government and the European Commission to discuss effort control regulations, Liberal Democrat Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:

    "I hope that over the weekend the First Minister has had an opportunity to take his head out of the sand and turn it towards the quayside where there is mounting anger over the deal the SNP made in December.

    "Fishing is a vital industry in his constituency, in my constituency and for Scotland as a whole. This meeting is an opportunity for the Scottish Government to admit they got it wrong and take action to stop the Scottish fishing industry from spiralling further into crisis."

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    Default Headlong rush to next phase of cod plan must be halted

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishnewseu
    Monday, 30 March 2009 11:33

    A FISHERMEN’S leader underlined today that European Commission officials will be told this week that existing cod recovery measures must get proper evaluation before moving to the next stage in recovery policy

    Mike Park, the executive chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association, said that a very clear message would go out to the Commission visitors when the Scottish industry meets them on Wednesday in Edinburgh.

    “It would seem to be most unfair to move onto the next phase of cod recovery involving more cuts before measures in place have been evaluated as to their effect. And we will emphasise again that while everyone is in favour of cod recovery, the way the accelerator is being applied to the policy timetable is unacceptable and confusing.

    “Before we go any further, we must look at the measures which are already in place.”

    Mr Park has already warned that what has come through from the white fish and nephrops sector is huge concern over the fleet’s general economic viability given the output of the cod recovery plan.

    And the Commission visitors will also be told this week of the real danger of economic failure facing fishermen due to the way policy is already being imposed.

    There was already a feeling in the industry that while skippers backed cod recovery, if they were not going to survive as fishermen because of its effects, why should they bother with the concept?

    As well as the cod recovery plan, the Commission visitors will be left in no doubt over the effects of draconian catch composition rules on the West Coast as well as other issues.

    “It is obvious we have to get our message across not just over the increased speed of change which is coming from Brussels but also embracing all the strategic policy objectives we are farcing at the moment,” Mr Park added.

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    Default EC officials to be told bluntly of fleet threat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Press and Journal
    SFF chief will warn that ‘unworkable’ fisheries agreement must be renegotiated

    By Tim Pauling

    Published: 31/03/2009

    European Commission officials will be left in no doubt when they arrive in Edinburgh today that last December’s fisheries agreement threatens the future of the Scottish fleet.

    Fishing leaders will demand that the deal, and controversial proposals cutting days at sea, be renegotiated.

    The officials will have two days of talks with fishing representatives and ministers at which the viability of large sections of the industry will be the main topic.

    Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “The scene is set by the unmistakable message from the men at sea that the regulations controlling days at sea, worked up over 2008 and agreed finally by the Council of Ministers last December, are unworkable.

    “There was no proper economic impact assessment at the time of introduction and the real truth is becoming apparent: lack of days at sea, to harvest fish sustainably, is threatening the viability of sectors of the industry.”

    Fishermen are angry that regulations designed to save stocks are hitting the industry on and offshore. They are particularly aggrieved because Scottish fishermen have pioneered technical efforts to prevent over-fishing.

    Last week the issue flared in the Scottish Parliament when Liberal Democrat leader Tavish Scott clashed with First Minister Alex Salmond.

    Mr Scott, MSP for Shetland, claimed skippers were having to tie up for up to four weeks at a time and risking their lives in the far Atlantic to make ends meet.

    Much to the frustration of fishermen, Mr Salmond, also MP for Banff and Buchan, defended the deal, claiming it had introduced flexibility into the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which would benefit the industry.

    Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said he had held constructive talks with the industry and everyone was in agreement that they must continue to work together to build on recent achievements.

    “My officials and the industry are meeting with Commission officials to stress that the EU, which has been taking emergency measures to tackle the economic downturn, needs to also take the problems facing our fishermen seriously,” he said.

    Mr Armstrong said it was for the industry, the EC and governments in Edinburgh and Whitehall to urgently look for practical changes to the regulations.

    “The deal signed up to in December by member states can be defended no longer, the world has changed radically,” he said. “If we are to survive we must have a new approach to the crucial matter of days at sea.”

    Scottish Tory fisheries spokesman John Scott discussed the problems with shadow fisheries minister Richard Benyon yesterday.

    Mr Scott said that, while he wanted to see the cod recovery plan succeed, it must not cost the viability of the fleet.

    “The speed and severity of the reductions has to be balanced against the chance of maintaining the livelihood of the fishermen,” he said.

    “While the government tried to do that in December we are in changing times and have to recognise the reality of the situation and try to renegotiate days at sea to something more realistic.”

    Lib Dem fisheries spokes-man Liam McArthur said: “This meeting is an opportunity for the Scottish Government to admit they got it wrong and act to stop the Scottish fishing industry spiraling further into crisis.”

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    Default Environment group welcome fisheries committee vote

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishnewseu
    Tuesday, 31 March 2009 16:42

    A MOVE by the European Parliament’s fisheries committee today to back more effective control of the EU fishing fleet was welcomed tonight.

    Uta Bellion, director of the Pew Environment Group’s EU Marine Programme, said the vote in favour of a proposal for a more effective control system for the EU fleet was a positive development.

    “Today’s vote by the Fisheries Committee is a step in the right direction in order to ensure better control and enforcement of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in EU waters and beyond. Unless there is meaningful control, overfishing will persist, resulting in less fish in the longer term and fewer fisheries-dependent jobs.

    “We cautiously welcome the decision of the committee members and expect their peers to improve on it in the upcoming plenary vote.”

    The Pew Environment Group are also urging EU member state governments to ensure "swift adoption" of the proposed EU control system ensuring:

    · The harmonisation of sanctions systems and levels;

    · Additional measures enabling the Commission to take swift action to ensure implementation of the CFP by Member States and the expansion of the Community Fisheries Control Agency’s mandate;

    · The full integration of environmental requirements into all aspects of the CFP and the introduction of conditionality of public aid with respect to such requirements by the fisheries sector.

    Pew say that the control proposal must be considered in conjunction with a substantial reduction of the capacity of the EU fleet. “Overcapacity of the EU fleet constitutes a major obstacle to rational and sustainable management of fishing activities and is one of the underlying drivers of illegal fishing. This must be addressed urgently, to ensure that EU fishing operations will become economically, socially and environmentally viable and to eliminate the incentive to bend or break the rules,” Bellion stated.

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