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South Coast Scallop Industry – Merchants & Fishermen

Brixham Yacht Club on Thursday 23rd October 2014 at 2pm


In May this year an extensive Algal Bloom caused a major problem for the scallop industry along the South coast. ASP (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) toxin, well above the legal limit, was identified in Scallops.

The Food Standards Agency issued an instruction to Food Authorities that no scallops henceforth are to be placed on the market unless toxin testing shows them to be safe in terms of toxin levels. This legal instruction has effectively changed the way the South Coast scalloping industry can now operate.


NFFO chief warns of threats to fishing industry

PAUL Trebilcock, of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations, has spoken of the threat the industry faces from 'the whim of politicians, media distortions, the swivel-eyed end of the environmental movement and the bureaucracy in Brussels'.

He made the comments in his report to the NFFO's AGM in London on 7 May, as his final duty as chairman before being elected as NFFO president.

Trebilcock's report covered topics including Trends in Fishing Mortality, Common Fisheries Policy, fleet diversity, the Scottish independence referendum, lifejackets, logbooks, shellfish and the under 10-metre fleet.

The report can be read in full here.

UK fishing industry trials look at how a discards ban may work in practice Course, Senior Marine Trials Officer at the Marine Management Organisation, writes about how trials are looking at how a fish discards ban may work.

Fisheries Minister George Eustice recently said that the UK is: “committed to further extension of catch quota schemes as part of transition to CFP reform”. These schemes, involving the UK fishing industry and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), are showing that there is a viable alternative to discards, ensuring a sustainable future for both our fish stocks and our fishing fleet.


Consultation workshops

DEFRA is holding a series of workshops around England to raise awareness of public consultations concerning the implementation of reforms – such as the discard ban – which are due to be part of the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and to discuss the proposals with the industry.

Seafish would like to invite industry to attend these events, which are taking place in Hastings, Mevagissey, Grimsby, Newlyn and Brixham between April 30 and May 8.



A TEAM of researchers at Plymouth University is currently consulting fishermen in an attempt to formulate schemes to address rubbish-related issues around the UK's coasts.

By learning more about fishermen's experiences and opinions on the matter, the project hopes to help make things easier for the marine environment, the fishing industry as a whole, local harbour authorities and individual fishermen.


Up and coming


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