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    Skipper came home last night - as we played catch up on his weekend at sea, he told me that unfortunately a crabber not sure who yet, has had £12,000 of pots towed.

    Now i know this happens and a certain few seem to have no regard for others gear, Roy found pots two weeks ago, called a crabber up and steamed over an hour to take them to him.

    It makes skipper and I angry that a certain few could do such a thing to another fisherman's gear, this time this chap may lose everything if they are not found and I know Roy is going to help him all he can. We have an idea who it maybe BUT as some will know, naming and shaming causes eruptions on the quay, so if the culprit reads this, own up!. There are enough issues with fishermen losing livelihoods, Karma will prevail. Kate

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    http://onthewight.com/2012/11/14/cro...st-catherines/

    Crown Estate approves lease for tidal energy prototype off St Catherine’s

    Major step forward for the Solent Ocean Energy Centre plans


    Isle of Wight Council plans to place prototype and pre-commercial tidal energy turbines from the seabed off St Catherine’s have been given a green light from The Crown Estate.

    In what is thought to be a unique arrangement between a local authority and The Crown Estate, the council has secured an Agreement for Lease for use of the seabed for its long held aspiration to create a tidal testing facility off the south coast of the Island.

    Step forward for Solent Ocean Energy Centre
    The agreement with The Crown Estate represents a major step forward for the council-sponsored Solent Ocean Energy Centre (SOEC).

    It will enable plans for tidal turbines that use the powerful flows off the Island’s southern tip to be implemented. SOEC will become a managed test facility generating 20MW of power (enough to power over 8,000 homes). It will also add to the UK’s marine energy infrastructure and enable tidal device developers from across the UK and further afield to test their turbines at full size and in arrays of devices.

    Construction planned for 2015
    It is hoped the facility which should be constructed from 2015 will create/safeguard over 600 direct/indirect full time equivalent jobs in the UK over its lifetime – at least 30 per cent of which would be on the Island.

    The initial agreement with The Crown Estate will help attract private sector investment into the SOEC project and allow the council to secure full project consents to allow for its construction.

    £1.7m for project
    The council has pledged £1 million of funding and has secured nearly £700,000 of European funding to the project which is seen as a major contributor to its Eco Island aim – using the green agenda to stimulate the local economy as well as making the Island more sustainable.

    Already there has been firm interest in the project from the private sector both in this country and abroad.

    “A major advance in our plans”
    George Brown, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for the economy, said: “We have for some time felt that the opportunities presented by the Island’s tides have not been taken full account of in the UK’s energy planning and have worked hard to raise the profile of these possibilities within the renewable energy sector.

    “The agreement with The Crown Estate represents a major advance in our plans. We are delighted that our project has in effect been supported by The Crown Estate.

    “With this agreement in place we can drive the project forward on two fronts – firstly providing the necessary infrastructure for pioneering tidal energy companies and then working to attract those pioneers and their investment to SOEC and the Island.

    “There is very firm private sector interest in the project and we are very excited about the prospects for the green agenda and the local economy.”

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    NFFO response to open letter from scientists to government on MCZs
    Published: 22 April, 2013

    NFFO calls from caution on MCZs.

    The National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations has responded to an open letter from marine biologist Professor Callum Roberts and a number of other scientists and academics being sent to David Cameron in regards to the implementation of Marine Conservation Zones.

    The open letter from the NFFO's chairman Paul Trebilcock says: “We are very concerned that some nature conservation groups are lobbying for full implementation of all 127 sites, regardless of scientific evidence or the socio-economic impact. We are absolutely adamant that naive enthusiasm should not railroad the government into premature and hasty decisions. The criticism seems hypocritical since the Science Advisory Panel rated only 25 sites (only 19%) as having high levels of evidence (score 4-5 out of 5).

    “MCZs aren’t a new phenomenon – in fact the industry has been working actively within them for over a hundred years and there are examples, such as the Trevose seasonal closure off North Cornwall, that are making a genuine contribution to conservation.

    "The difference is that it was designed, planned and introduced with good evidence and the broad support of fishermen. This selective introduction is vital for the success of MPZs. In 2001, a large area of the North Sea was closed as an emergency measure to protect cod stocks.

    "The scientific evaluation afterwards showed that this did next to nothing for the fish but displaced fishing fleets into immature haddock areas and onto pristine areas of the seabed that had never been fished before. This is what can happen with a rushed process driven by political pressure.”

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    When buying seafood in a supermarket remember this list it will help you to track down where the product has come from

    An Information Must Share

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    HOW TO READ BAR CODES... (everyone must know)

    ALWAYS READ THE LABELS ON THE FOODS YOU BUY--NO MATTER WHAT THE FRONT OF THE BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TURN IT OVER AND READ THE BACK CAREFULLY!

    With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read label at the supermarket and especially when buying food products. Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located. The whole world is concerned about China-made "black-hearted goods".

    Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ? The world is also concerned about GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods; steroid fed animals (ex: 45 days old broiler chicken).

    It is important to read the bar code to track its origin. How to read Bar Codes....interesting !

    If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 690, 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA.
    471 is Made in Taiwan .
    If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 00-09 then it's made or sourced in USA.

    This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves. Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products "MADE IN CHINA", so they don't show from which country it is made. However, you may now refer to the barcode -

    Remember if the first 3 digits are:
    890......MADE IN INDIA
    690, 691, 692 ... then it is MADE IN CHINA
    00 - 09 ... USA and CANADA
    30 - 37 ... FRANCE
    40 - 44 ... GERMANY
    45 or 49 ........JAPAN
    489...........HONG KONG
    50 .......... UK
    57 .........DENMARK
    64..........FINLAND
    76.........SWITZERLAND and LIENCHTENSTIEN
    471......... is Made in TAIWAN (see sample)
    628.........SAUDI ARABIA
    629.........UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    740..........745 - CENTRAL AMERICA

    All 480 Codes are Made in the PHILIPPINES. Share it!

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    not sure what everyones thoughts are on exact origin but just thought it was a good start and i think we are making an impact, walked into tesco fraserburgh and saw monk, lemon, haddock and cod from trawlers.

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    http://www.fishupdate.com/news/fulls...6_million.html

    EFF grants to Scottish fishing industry total £2.6 million
    Published: 23 April, 2013

    The latest round European Fisheries Fund (EFF) grants will give support to 78 projects across Scottish sea fisheries, aquaculture and fish processing sectors to the tune of £2.6 million.

    Successful applications range from seafood companies - which will benefit from equipment and funding to access new markets – to vessel modernisation and safety equipment.

    Recipients include:

    * Laeso Fish Ltd in Peterhead - £682,821 for refrigeration and grading equipment which will improve efficiency and increase exports
    * Cumbrae Oysters Ltd in Ayrshire - £101,027 for oyster growing equipment which will increase production and create four new jobs
    * Franks Fresh Market in Glasgow - £53,000 for equipment to handle live lobsters, crab and shellfish, allowing the company to increase exports
    * Burgon (Eyemouth) Ltd in Berwickshire - £246,208 for crab processing facilities and equipment, increasing efficiency and throughput and creating 12 new jobs
    * Scottish Fishermen’s Federation - £438,007 to supply a personal flotation device to every fisherman in Scotland, this initiative is aimed at improving the safety record of the industry and is linked to checks on professional qualifications and refresher training

    Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead, who announced the funding while hosting a Scottish reception at the European Seafood Exhibition in Brussels, said: “Scottish seafood is unsurpassed on the world stage for excellence and taste and is increasingly sought after.

    "The Seafood Expo is a great opportunity for Scottish companies to showcase their produce and boost exports by gaining access to new markets. Scottish companies secured projected sales of £40 million, over a three year period, for attendance at last year’s event.

    “The sea fishing and aquaculture industries – as well as the processing sector that supports both – provide an important economic contribution to Scotland, particularly in our coastal communities. That’s why the assistance we have delivered through the fisheries support funds – more than £69 million since 2000 – is so important.

    “This latest round of grants is expected to trigger capital investment of over £6 million, when the contribution made by businesses themselves is taken into account. The diverse range of projects being backed will help the fishing, aquaculture and processing industries to grow, as well as protecting jobs.”

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    NFFO warns of danger in rushing CFP reform deal
    Published: 23 April, 2013

    There is a danger that the Common Fisheries Policy reform deal could be rushed through, according to the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO).

    “The Council of Ministers held in Luxembourg on 22 April will not go down as one of the decisive turning points in history,” said the NFFO.

    “The Irish Presidency is straining every sinew to secure a CFP reform deal. But after a sluggish start to the “trialogue” negotiations between the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission, there are fears that it could run out of time before it has to hand over to the incoming Lithuanian Presidency.

    “The Irish Minister claimed from the chair that the process had been energised with fresh commitments to progress from all sides.

    “However, as CAP reform is also on the agenda and will occupy the June Council, the reality is that a deal has to be put together at the May Council. Even the Lithuanians consider that they don’t have the capacity to handle CFP reform. In any event they will have the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to deal with on their watch.”

    A statement from the NFFO said that the danger was a Presidency desperate to secure a deal that would snatch at any deal on offer, rather than the right deal for fish, fishing and fishermen.

    The council primarily involved a table round in which the member states confirmed or reconfirmed their positions on the main themes in the reform. The UK underlined the importance of a move towards regionalisation of the CFP.

    An NFFO delegation attended the talks and at meetings with Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon, both before and after the Council, and stressed the importance of a focus on practical implementation issues when framing the reform legislation.

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    EU fisheries ministers will compromise on CFP reform but won't say how far
    Published: 23 April, 2013

    The Irish Presidency has invoked a sense of urgency in concluding the fisheries reform and asked member states at the Agricultural and Fisheries Council meeting on April 22 to consider compromises in order to reach a political agreement with the European Parliament in May.

    “We are proposing to focus strongly on finding political compromise over the coming weeks. If we are to agree a reformed CFP, we must compromise to an extent on our current position, and the Parliament and the Commission must also compromise,” Simon Coveney, Ireland’s fisheries minister, said at the meeting.

    Ministers supported the presidency’s proposed timeline, which means a new Council mandate will be considered at the Coreper meeting of 2 May. If required, the Council on 13–14 of May will give guidance on any outstanding issues.

    Simon Coveney asked ministers to indicate what compromises they might be willing to make on the key issues of maximum sustainable yield (MSY), discard ban, regionalisation, capacity management and multi-annual plans.

    Many ministers indicated a general willingness to compromise, without being specific.

    Denmark, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Poland and some others indicated they were ready to look at a new text regarding MSY.

    On the other hand, several governments said they would like to stick to the Council’s position of fishing mortality Fmsy 2015 only “where possible”. These were France, Spain, Greece, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia and Belgium.

    With regards to the discard ban, Denmark, the UK, the Netherlands and Estonia signalled willingness to yield on some of the exemptions to the discard ban – for example de minimis percentages or timetable.

    Greece, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Belgium and France indicated they would not want to divert from the Council’s position on the discard ban. Greece emphasised that the Council’s general approach, agreed on 27 February, was a compromise that was already difficult to reach.

    In general terms, the French minister said that he supported the ambitious timetable to reach an agreement in the next few weeks, but that the Council must not lose sight of substance. In the same vein, the Polish minister said that any flexibility from the Council’s side should not come at the cost of a reasonable compromise.

    Many member states emphasised the need for “realistic” and “practicable” compromises that governments can implement with the support of the fishing industry.

    Commenting on the Council meeting, Tony Long, Director of the WWF European Policy Office, said that the conclusions were a contradiction in terms.

    “On the one hand Member States agreed to step up the pace of the negotiations to reach a good deal by the next Council in May, but on the other hand they remain firmly rooted in their position despite the trilogues. They have not moved closer to the position of the European Parliament regarding the cornerstone issues of this reform package that would guarantee sustainability for fisheries in Europe.”

    The reason that the Irish presidency wants to reach a fast conclusion of the CFP reform is that it will be difficult for the Lithuanian presidency to take it on in addition to all their other work. The Lithuanian presidency will be in charge of both the trilogues on the new fisheries fund (the EMFF) and the setting of fishing quotas for 2014.

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    http://www.fishnewseu.com/latest-new...ompliance.html

    EFCA tackles reform compliance

    THE European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) presented the new tools to develop a culture of compliance in a reformed CFP at the European Parliament yesterday.

    During 2013, while addressing its core tasks coordinating operational control activities in the European Union, the EFCA is focusing on new developments that shall enhance the culture of compliance and level playing field across the fisheries sector in Europe. In this regard, there are particular tools that will allow for new impetus towards this objective, ensuring that there is a level playing field across Europe and that fisheries control is done in the most cost-efficient way.

    · Regional Joint Deployment Plans (JDPs): The Agency applies its budgetary resources towards JDPs as the vehicle through which the Agency organises the deployment of the national human and material means of control and inspection pooled by the Member States. JDPs promote the cost-effective use of human and material resources of Member States in a coordinated way and the Agency has started to extend JDPs to cover regional, multispecies joint deployment plans (NEAFC, NAFO and Pelagic species in Western Waters). EFCA wishes to move to regional, multispecies and permanent fisheries in a very near future.

    · Discard ban control strategies: The measure would be preferably implemented through the regional JDPs, enabling strategic decisions to be taken at steering group level, and then EFCA can help monitor it effectively. Depending on the characteristics of the fishery, different methods could be applied and available tools would be used and tested.

    · Cost-effectiveness and Compliance evaluation Focus Groups: Two focus groups have been set up to evaluate compliance and cost effectiveness in control operations.

    · Core curriculum: The near completion of a core curriculum for the training of the fisheries inspectorate of the Member States for the first time ever will contribute to and apply the Common Fisheries Policy effectively and in a uniform manner.

    · EFCA ICT Systems: They are designed to complement individual national systems. These are unique systems developed by the Agency and made available to Member States to support control of the CFP at the EU level. These electronic tools allow for a continuous real time exchange of data and intelligence, thereby restricting the possibilities for the manipulation of information and helping in limiting non-compliant behaviour.

    "EFCA model has been successful in improving compliance through the coordination of actions and assets. The 5 year external evaluation of the EFCA confirmed the relevance, efficiency, and effectiveness of its activities," said Pascal Savouret, EFCA Executive Director. "The EFCA, in its coordination and assistance role, will be a strong driver of compliance."

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