Changes - AIFCA Chair & Vice Chair
Following the elections of Chair and Vice Chair on Tuesday 6th March, John Lamb, our current Chairman has decided to step down from this role as Chairman of the Association due to other work related committments. Therefore Tony Tomlinson has been elected as Chairman and John Humphreys was duly elected Vice Chair.
Fishing Focus is a Defra publication with a marine emphasis, covering topical issues relevant to this sector. Its purpose is to inform stakeholders about the work of the Defra Network.
This issue includes an update on the progress of the IFCAs to date
Minister George Eustice announced the extension of Defra “new burdens” funding for the ten Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities until 2020 (the next comprehensive spending review) This funding has already been in place for 5 years, but before this announcement it was not guaranteed beyond March 2016.
New Bass Regulations
New regulations have been published for the protection of bass. These measures come in force as of 29th January 2016. A summary of the measures are presented below:
The MMO have today published site summary assessments for nine marine protected area (MPA) sites in English inshore waters (0 to 12nm), and are asking fishermen and conservationists to test their findings and submit any new evidence by 15 February 2016 : more information can be found on the .gov website
17th January 2016
Sea Bass Minimum Landing Size to increase
The 28 EU member states recently agreed to the Commission's proposal to increase the minimum size for northern sea bass from 36 to 42 cm in order to protect sea bass stocks in Europe
The Isles of Scilly have recently obtained funding from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) to undertake a Data Storage Tagging project on both the European Common lobster (Homarus gammarus) and the European Spiny Lobster (Palinurus elephas), also referred to as the crawfish, which are two species of large decapod crustacean with a natural distribution encompassing the United Kingdom. Both are commercially important, however a decline in populations of P.elephas has lead to very few fisheries for the species remaining, one such fishery is found on the Isles of Scilly. Situated 28 miles from the most south-western extent of mainland UK, the Isles of Scilly consist of over 200 granite islands covering approximately 1600ha and are renowned as a pristine marine environment, important to many nationally rare, threatened or vulnerable marine species and habitats. The islands shellfish industry consists of twenty three vessels and is still an important economic sector providing employment for a much larger number of people, relatively, than in the rest of the South West UK.
The aim of Project Inshore is to support scientific research of Inshore Fisheries. This is the first time such in-depth study has been undertaken. The 10 Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) are involved in Project Inshore working with the teams around the English Coast. The end result of these studies should be tailored sustainability reports for every fishery around England's coastline. This will enable fisheries to produce sustainability plans which will help to secure their futures.
At Bournemouth Magistrates Court Lee Arnold, 40 of Hamworthy, Poole, pleaded guilty and was fined for two separate offences of obstructing a fishery officer contrary to the Marine and Coastal Access Act, 2009. More....
The European Commission recently published a press release stipulating a 3 bag limit for recreational anglers. You can view the original article by following the link below: