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TWO YEAR FISHING GEAR TRIAL
18 Mar 2017
two year project underway

A collaborative, 2 year project is underway in Northern Ireland with a programme of work involving the design, trialling and implementation of fishing gear with increased selectivity
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Boaty Mcboatface submarine heading to Antartic
15 Mar 2017
get your free copy of Quay issues from Seafish
06 Mar 2017
Quay issues

Quay Issues is a FREE magazine for the fishing industry and tells some of the stories unearthed during the Seafish annual Fleet Survey.

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New government rules issued on bass fishing
21 Feb 2017
Ice-locked ship to drift over North Pole
20 Feb 2017
Free magazine from Seafish
19 Feb 2017
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BRENT OIL FIELD DECOMMISIONING. PLANS
08 Feb 2017

Brent oIl field is to be decommisioned Plans for the rest of the infrastructure in the Brent field have been submitted to the UK government. They are thought to include leaving the legs of some of the platforms in place rather than removing them - which Shell has described as the safest option. That has caused concern among some environmental groups. A 60-day consultation will now be launched before ministers decide whether to accept Shell's plans.

full story from BBC here

Last paddle steamer built in Britain could sail again
02 Feb 2017
MAid of the Loch could sail. Again by 2018

The summer of 2018 could see the last paddle steamer built in Britain sailing once more. The Maid of the Loch has been out of use for 35 years. But enthusiasts working towards a multi-million pound restoration of the vessel believe it could be cruising Loch Lomond again. They are aiming to raise £1.7m by the autumn which, they believe, could release twice as much again in lottery funding. As you go on board via the gang plank you are stepping into another era, 50s Britain Read the full BBC article

By 2019 the disposal of fish at sea will be banned
27 Jan 2017
BBC Article

The fishing industry has been opposed to the "inflexible" way in which the discard ban has been implemented under the Common Fisheries Policy. They say the regulations are the problem rather than monitoring.

Chief Executive of the Scottish Fisherermen's Federation Bertie Armstrong said: "Everybody's on the same side with reducing discards as far as physically possible it's just a question of getting the rules right which is a work in progress. "Cameras, frankly, are a little side show and the presence of absence of them will not solve of fail to solve the problem." Quota incentives for other species still exist under the scheme even though the incentive for North Sea cod has ended. By 2019, the disposal of all fish at sea will be banned. READ BBC Article

New static gear Consultation
10 Jan 2017
NEW STATIC GEAR MARKING CONSULTATION

NEW STATIC GEAR MARKING CONSULTATION: Following discussions about spatial and gear conflict by inshore fishermen's association representatives at Regional IFG (Inshore Fisheries Group) meetings plus follow-up workshops, new static gear marking proposals are now open for consultation. All inshore fishermen and associations throughout Scotland are encouraged to participate in a new consultation by 3rd February 2017 latest, regards proposals on static gear marking.

Click this link then scroll down to ‘Begin Consultation’, then click each ‘Draft Proposal’ box in turn to reveal the content.

Tips on buying or selling a boat
24 Dec 2016
How to sell or buy succesfully on FAFB

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Massive Atlantic wave recorded
18 Dec 2016
Record wave

The highest-ever wave detected by a buoy has been recorded in the North Atlantic ocean, the World Meteorological Organization has said. The 19-metre (62.3ft) wave happened between Iceland and the United Kingdom, off the Outer Hebrides. It was created in the aftermath of a very strong cold front with 43.8 knot (50.4mph) winds on 4 February 2013.

BBC story here


Japanese net maker Nitto Seimo helping remove space debris
10 Dec 2016

106 year old Japanese net maker Nitto Seimo worked to produce the magnetic tether designed to remove space debris .

The increasing debris is regarded as a growing threat to earths communication satellites read full article here

North sea fish quotas to increase in 2017 after annual EU talks
06 Dec 2016
Increase in north sea quota

North sea cod and haddock as well as other species will get a boost in 2017

Report from the BBC link here

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Fisheries research pamphlets
03 Dec 2016
Fisheries reasearch

[Scottish Fisheries Information Pamphlet No. 25 2004] (http://www.gov.scot/uploads/documents/fishing%20gear.pdf)

Covers most common types of commercial fishing

Fish themed skating rink closed down
28 Nov 2016
Great barrier reef just mated
22 Nov 2016
Storm Angus
20 Nov 2016
First named storm of the season

storm Angus

Super moon
14 Nov 2016
Look out for super moon 14-11-16

Look out for super moon tonight

Tsunami threat to south Island New Zealand
13 Nov 2016
Tsunami Warning

Tidal measurements from Geonet now indicate that a tsunami two metres or more has been recorded in Kaikoura, and indications are it will hit other parts of the South Island soon. read more

SAFETY DEMONSTRATION WEYMOUTH
27 Oct 2016
The RNLI Fishing Safety Team held a man overboard safety demonstration at Weymouth Harbour

FISHERMEN SAFETY DEMONSTRATION AT WEYMOUTH HARBOUR HOSTED BY SEAFISH AND THE RNLI Seafish, the industry authority on Seafood, and The RNLI Fishing Safety Team held a man overboard safety demonstration at Weymouth Harbour yesterday (Wednesday 26 October) to encourage the observance of best practice safety procedures on board commercial fishing vessels. Attended by fishermen and the media, the demonstration was designed to show observers how to effectively recover someone who has gone overboard, whilst stressing why it is so important for all vessel owners, skippers and crew to practice, review and update safety procedures on a regular basis. The demonstration also highlighted how tough it can be to rescue a body from the sea, encouraging all fishermen to wear a personal floatation device to ensure that they have the best chance of survival. Local fishermen, Bob Summerhayes used his inshore fishing vessel to reach the man overboard dummy, providing spectators with guidance and tips on the best way to recover someone from the water. The RNLI inshore lifeboat crew also demonstrated their technique for recovering a body from the sea. Gus Caslake, south west regional manager for Seafish, said: “The aim of this exercise was to get fisherman thinking about what they would do if they have a man overboard.

"Fishing remains the UK’s most dangerous peacetime profession with fishermen operating in harsh conditions, using heavy machinery. All commercial fishermen need to take mandatory safety training before going out to sea, but we are sadly still losing lives.

"The dummy used in the demonstration weighs 11 stone, which becomes 13 stone when wet. During the demonstration, the fishermen involved struggled to lift that weight and with the average man weighing more than the dummy, we need to make sure that fishermen are properly trained and practice regularly to avoid any unnecessary loss of life.”

In recent years Seafish have worked with fishermen to design a new personal floatation device which is smaller and less restrictive than other life jackets. As part of Seafish’s Sea You Home Safe campaign, more than 3500 free personal floatation devices were handed out to commercial fishermen to encourage wider use of this life saving device.

Three months of the Marine Antiquities Scheme
21 Oct 2016
October 2016 – Three months of the Marine Antiquities Scheme or MAS

It has now been three months since the launch of the MAS, which is providing divers, fishermen, boat operators and coastal visitors with a new way to record underwater finds. Central to the MAS is the simple-to-use app, available for iOS and Android devices.

Wessex Archaeology’s team of experts has researched more than 70 objects, including 19th-century clay pipes, chevron beads and a WW2 British Landing Craft (Assault). These records can be viewed on the MAS database.

MAS outreach commenced with CITiZAN’s second annual conference, Turn the Tide, held at the fantastic SS Great Britain in Bristol. This was a prime opportunity to connect with like-minded professional and community colleagues whose work intersects with the MAS at the low tide mark.

Coming up

22-23 October – MAS will be at DIVE 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham, sharing stand 872 with the Nautical Archaeology Society. Feel free to visit us there and also listen to Matthew Clear from The Crown Estate who will be speaking at the show’s Ocean Theatre on Saturday at 1650.

28-29 October – At the Skipper Expo in Bournemouth you can meet the MAS team, pick up a MAS brochure and learn about the finds that have been recorded to date.

5-6 November – MAS will be at the NAS and SCAPE Trust Conference at the University of Glasgow. Find our stand in the atrium where you can see a demonstration of the MAS app.

If you haven’t already done so, why not download a poster from the website to put on your nearest noticeboard or send to anyone you feel may be interested in the scheme.

[visit the site]( https://marinefinds.org.uk/)

Octopus fishing in Tanzania
19 Oct 2016
Eyemouth black Friday Fishing tragedy sculpture unveiled
14 Oct 2016
skipper says submarine towed fishing trawler
12 Oct 2016
Fishermans wages in the USA
08 Oct 2016
Average wage for a fisherman in the USA

what is an average wage for a fisherman is in the USA?

Royal Navy's first major training exercise using drones -
04 Oct 2016
the Royal Navy's first major training exercise using drones

An unmanned boat called Mast will be one of the vessels taking part in the exercise Unmanned Warrior - - has begun off the Welsh coast. A reconnaissance craft called Watchkeeper is observing Nato forces arriving for another exercise, Joint Warrior. Next week, the training will switch to the Western Isles. Unmanned Warrior involves aerial and maritime technology operated by the military and civilian contractors, including QinetiQ. Lt Cdr Clive Langmead, of the Royal Navy, said: "In Scotland, QinetiQ, as part of its long term partnership agreement with MoD have prepared the flying and underwater ranges which it runs in Benbecula, Stornoway, Applecross and the Kyle of Lochalsh. Read full BBC article

Hurricane Matthew moving across the Caribbean
03 Oct 2016
Hurricane Matthew moves across the Caribbean

Cat 4 Hurricane Mathew is set to hit the Bahamas and Haiti tonight

Obama has created the first underwater national monument
25 Sep 2016
Obama has created the first underwater national monument off the US east coast,

President Barack Obama has created the first underwater national monument off the US east coast, protecting a vast ecosystem of canyons and extinct volcanoes. It is home to thousands of rare species, but is also a source of controversy. read the full story

Bournemouth show 28th and 29th Oct
15 Sep 2016
Fishing show in Bournemouth next month

Strong interest in fishing show in Bournemouth

Dates 28 29 Oct 2016

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Fishtubs are eligible for EMFF grant funding
09 Sep 2016
EMFF Funded DRAWM Fishtubs

DRAWM Fishtubs aboard the LILY LOLA

DRAWM Fishtubs General Manager Kieran Ward commented ahead of the Skipper exhibition in Bournemouth, “It’s great to hear that the DRAWM fishtubs are proving such a huge success in the industry. The quality of the tubs is driving repeat sales and customers continue to be pleasantly surprised at the affordable prices”. Its also great to see the fishermen getting EMFF grant funding for fishtubs and other items. That’s what it is there for.”

Paul Fitch, skipper of the LILY LOLA from Harwich in England received 80% funding under the grant scheme through the MMO. “I got a 310Ltr and two of the 100Ltr hinged lid tubs from DRAWM Fishtubs. I use them for keeping the fish fresh with slush ice and also for keeping ice. Because my boat is Under 12 metres and I don’t tow any static gear, I was eligible for the higher rate of funding. Well pleased”

Shetland Fisherman, Kevin Sutherland CONCORD applied for funding through Marine Scotland. “I needed 4 off 310Ltr fishtubs for my boat. I was aware that fishtubs are eligible for EMFF grant funding so I phoned Kieran Ward at DRAWM Fishtubs and got some information as to how to apply. I applied in June and received approval for 80% funding in August. There is a bit of work to do to supply all the information for the application, but overall I think it is worth it” Insulated fishtubs are recognised to contribute towards improving quality and are eligible for European Maritime Fisheries Funding (EMFF). Contact: Website; EMail: sales@drawm.com; Tel: 02838 570001

Best coastal marine conservation
05 Sep 2016

Making news in today's Daily I is the findings from World Atlas regarding global marine conservation. With pollution of the seas being a major contributor to the negative impact on marine life a big effort is being made to raise awareness among the general public about the importance of our seas. Marine ecosystems rely on a delicate balance between the natural world and the industries that make a living from the seas; sadly the two are not always in harmony and the results can have a devastating impact on the environment. Fish, in particular, are highly susceptible to water pollution and contaminants in the sea can radically alter fish stocks as a result of adverse impacts on breeding and fatalities. However, it is the overall picture of marine health that matters and it's interesting to see just how the geography stacks up with respect to coastal conservation.

World Atlas conducted a survey of countries across the globe to assess the action being taken to preserve their coastal waters and the findings make for interesting reading. Of the top twelve countries listed, the UK is notably absent but eight of our European counterparts come out very well, including France, Norway and Germany. Clearly there are discrepancies to be held into account with the amount of coastline required to be under protection with Norway having 25,148km and Germany having just one tenth of that figure.

The list below shows the country followed by the proportion of its coastline that is under protection:

  1. Monaco (100%)
  2. Slovenia (985%)
  3. Ecuador (75.7%)
  4. Germany (64.8%)
  5. France (62.9%)
  6. Norway (60.7%)
  7. The Netherlands (57.7%)
  8. New Caledonia (56.6%)
  9. Belgium (56.1%)
  10. Poland (52.7%)
  11. Australia (48.5%)
  12. Guinea-Bissau (45.9%)

The headlines look good for Australia but there is clearly more work to be done both across Europe and beyond to tackle the concerns of coastal conservation.

Fund raising event for Harvester tragedy
21 Aug 2016
Fund raising event

Life can turn on a sixpence. Many of us know this to be true. Just over three years ago, a group of friends, including Jerome Flynn, organised the first charity fundraising event known as The Pale Moon Big Night Out. The day of the Pale Moon Event this year falls on Saturday September 17th. We always start off the day with a game of cricket played for the Pale Moon Cricket Cup. Details on the poster. This is our third year of organising the Pale Moon event. Each year we have built on the success of the previous one. One of the intentions with our event is to try to make a difference with the money we raise for various causes. For our event this year we have decided to support the families of the crew of fishing boat, Harvester. In April this year, two fishermen, a father and son, Gareth and Daniel Willington tragically lost their lives off the north Pembrokeshire coast. Daniel's wife has two young children with another due in November this year. We were all deeply saddened by this tragedy and it is very very close to our hearts. We truly hope that we can raise enough money to help ease the financial pressure for the Willingtons at this most time. We have great food, live music, dancing, an auction and a raffle. If anyone would like to donate something for our auction or raffle please get in touch. . We hope we can reach a similar amount as last year. For information check us out on Facebook. Just search 'Pale Moon Big Night Out 2016' or call 07718240216.

Trondheim Norfishing Fair
16 Aug 2016
Trondheim Fishing Fair

16 th to 19th August

The fair Since 1960, Nor-Fishing has been an important national and international meeting place for the fisheries industry. Today it is one of the largest fisheries technology exhibitions in the world. In recent years, the exhibition has drawn around 15 000 visitors from about 50 countries. Innovations of importance to all sectors of the industry are presented here.

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FAFB is visiting Norway from 12th -20th August
12 Aug 2016

FAFB kommer til Norge neste uke! For å få en gratis annonse mens vi er der, send epost til dave@findafishingboat.com

Seafish researchers carrying out fishing fleet survey across the UK
10 Aug 2016
Seafish is calling for vessel owners and skippers across the UK to participate in its annual economic survey of the UK fishing fleet

Researchers will be starting on the Scottish and Northern Irish coasts and progressing down to England and Wales where they will collect data on fishing and vessel costs in order to build an up-to-date picture of the UK fleet’s economic performance.

The results, to be published in 2017, are intended to help industry and policy makers better understand the socio-economic consequences of changes in fisheries management measures and the wider financial climate. Following the historic Brexit vote and the first year of the landing obligation for some key species (which aims to stop the discarding of fish by 2019), this is an especially crucial time to gather data on the economic performance of the UK fishing fleet.

All vessel owners can benefit directly from participation by requesting a free financial performance benchmark report which allows comparisons with the average performance of other similar vessels. Steve Lawrence, Economics Project Manager, said: “Thanks to the participation of several hundred vessel owners, the Economics Team at Seafish has been able to accurately represent the economic performance of the UK fishing fleet for a number of years.

“Only with the continued support of the UK fishing industry can we keep up this hugely valuable exercise, producing outputs that allow us to better understand the industry as a whole and to inform key decision makers. Therefore, we would encourage skippers and boat owners from across the country to speak to our researchers and complete the survey so that we can present the most accurate picture possible.”

The survey is supported by the national federations and local associations around the UK. All information provided is treated as confidential and no individual vessel figures will be revealed in any report.

As well as the UK fleet report to be published next year, Seafish will publish its annual Quay Issues magazine later this year which includes stories and features gathered by the researchers as part of the survey.

Anybody interested in taking part in the survey should contact Steve Lawrence at Seafish on 0131 524 8663 or email steven.lawrence@seafish.co.uk. The results of last year’s report can be found on the Seafish website. ENDS

LOTHIAN And BERWICKSHIRE fishermens views sought
06 Aug 2016
Lothian and Berwickshire Fishermen

PRESS RELEASE Lothians and Berwickshire fishermen’s views sought Following representations by local fishermen to the Regional Inshore Fisheries Group (RIFG), a subgroup has been set up for licenced fishermen working out of Lothians and Berwickshire harbours. RIFG Chairman Iain Maddox agreed to set up the subgroup to enable fishermen to take greater responsibility for the management and conservation of their fishery and address any issues concerning local fishermen. A set up meeting was held in Dunbar on 27th July 2016 and well attended by representatives from both fishermen’s associations and non-affiliated fishermen encompassing Eyemouth, Cove, Dunbar, North Berwick, Cockenzie and Port Seton harbours. Nonetheless, Mr Maddox is keen to hear from any other associations or individuals who fish the Firth of Forth and invite them to participate in the consultation process. He can be contacted via email at maddox.iain@gmail.com or by telephoning 07557 390115. After a general discussion, it was agreed by the attendees at the RIFG subgroup set-up meeting that sustainable fishing was critical to the future of the inshore fleet and local fishing communities. Whilst there are no immediate concerns about stocks it was noted by the fishermen’s representatives that there had been an increase in fishing effort over recent years by both mobile and static gear fishermen and that may become an issue in future. Accordingly, a proactive approach was proposed with agreement amongst boat owners sought on limiting the number of creels for lobster fishing to 300 per man; that there should be a blanket ban on landing berried hen lobsters; that twin-rig prawn trawlers should be required to single-rig in the fishery using a cod end of 5mm single twine with 80mm mesh size and a 160mm lifting bag. These proposals are designed to protect stocks long term as well as the viability of all the vessels working the area. Explaining the rationale behind these proposals Mr Maddox stated “The representatives who attended the recent meetings are inviting their colleagues to enter into discussions about these proposals and work out solutions that will benefit the fishing community as a whole”. The next meeting for the Lothians and Berwickshire RIFG subgroup will be 3pm on Wednesday 7th September at McArthur Stores, Cromwell Harbour, Dunbar. End.

**Press release on Trawling in Moray Firth**
05 Aug 2016
Press release from NE fisheries

PRESS RELEASE Fishermen’s views sought on prawn trawling in the Inner Moray Firth Following two meetings in Burghead in June and July, a proposal has been formulated by fishermen’s representatives that would require twin rigged prawn trawlers operating west of a line drawn between Lothbeg Point and Burghead to have a cod end of 5mm single twine, no less than 100mm mesh with a lifting bag no less than 200mm. Additionally, it is proposed only vessels less than 300HP may be permitted to operate in this area. This proposal is designed to protect stocks as well as the viability of the smaller vessels based in the area. The meetings in Burghead were arranged following representation to the Regional Inshore Fisheries Group (RIFG) that a similar voluntary agreement had broken down and needed to be re-established. RIFG Chairman Iain Maddox agreed to set up a RIFG subgroup to address this and any other issues concerning the inshore fishermen operating in the fishery. Explaining the rationale behind the proposal to limit the fishery to single rigging, Mr Maddox stated “The representatives who have attended the recent meetings consider the new rules allowing the set-up of RIFG subgroups as an opportunity to take more responsibility for the management of their local fishery in the best interests of stock sustainability and business stability”. Following discussions why the initial agreement had broken down it was agreed to reach out to every boat owner who may have an interest in the future management and conservation of the Inner Moray Firth fishery to seek their engagement in the ongoing discussions. To date, the meetings in Burghead were well attended by representatives of the Moray Firth Inshore Fishermen’s Association, the Scottish White Fish Producers Association, the Mallaig and North West Fishermen’s Association plus non-affiliated fishermen from various harbours such as Burghead, Buckie and Lossiemouth. Nonetheless, Mr Maddox is keen to hear from any other associations or individuals who fish the Inner Moray Firth and invite them to participate in the ongoing discussions about managing the fishery and help finalise the single rig proposal in particular. He can be contacted via email at maddox.iain@gmail.com or by telephoning 07557 390115. The date of the next meeting is 12th August 2016, 1pm at Burghead harbour office. End.

UK Fishing industry branded ‘The Deadliest Catch’
28 Jul 2016
UK fishing industry branded ‘The Deadliest Catch’

28 July 2016 UK industry branded ‘The Deadliest Catch’ as shocking statistics reveal fishermen death toll Seafish calls for more attention to be paid to safety on board fishing vessels as this year’s death toll already exceeds last year The UK’s fishing fleet is suffering from one of its deadliest periods in a decade with more deaths recorded here than in Alaskan waters where reality TV show The Deadliest Catch is filmed.

Nine fishermen’s lives have been lost at sea in the first six months of this year in six different incidents, a worryingly high figure for this stage in the year and there is concern this number could rise.

Now more dangerous than Alaska, recognised for its treacherous waters as part of the reality television series ‘Deadliest Catch’, the UK has seen an increase of 29% on 2015 full year figures (seven fishermen lost their lives), as reported by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) today in its 2015 Annual Report.

The Alaskan fishing fleet has reported that, for the first time, no one died while commercial fishing in a vessel-related incident in the past year. Previously, between 1980 and 1988, an average of 31 fishermen died in Alaska each year.

The MAIB’s Annual Report for 2015 comes as Seafish also warns that the summer months (June to September) are when commercial fishermen are more likely to have a non fatal accident which leads to major injury when working at sea. A common misperception is that these accidents are more likely to happen during bad weather during the winter months.

In light of this, Seafish is calling on the fishing industry to be vigilant all year round when it comes to the health and safety of crew on board commercial fishing vessels.

Research, carried out by the Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) for RNLI in partnership with Seafish and the MAIB, has found that a third (33%) of non-fatal, major injury events are likely to occur from June to September, in calm seas and when there is good light and visibility.

The research also found that more than half of commercial fishermen (55%) surveyed said they had suffered injuries whilst operating fishing gear and other machinery, typical injuries include amputations and fractures.

In a bid to reduce the number of fatal and debilitating accidents, Seafish is calling for all owners, skippers and crew to review their working practices and take steps to remove or reduce risks and adopt safer working practices. Crew training records can be checked and verified with Seafish, but training should be regularly refreshed. Seafish also wants more fishermen to wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) when working at sea. These are still available for free from Seafish (for fishermen in England, Wales and NI) and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (for fishermen in Scotland).

Simon Potten, Head of Safety and Training at Seafish explains: “The number of fatal accidents and serious injuries happening in our fishing industry is unacceptable. I know many fishermen watch the Deadliest Catch, which shows some pretty scary fishing in Alaska, but last year the Alaskan commercial fishing industry had zero deaths. The ‘Deadliest Catch’ is right here in the UK with nine deaths to date this year. It’s a horrific record.”

Jerome McCartan is an experienced fisherman from Warrenpoint in County Down. Earlier this year he was working on the fishing vessel Carraig Chuin when she sank off the coast of Kilkeel. The vessel sprung a leak and started to go down very quickly. The crew of 3 were rescued by the coastguard.

Jerome says: “It started off as a normal day, we were trawling about 20 miles south east of Kilkeel and the weather was fine. The first sign of a potential problem was some water in the bilges- this wasn’t unusual on a wooden fishing boat but as a precaution the skipper made sure the crew donned their lifejackets.

“In an instant, mild concern turned to panic and I was suddenly in the water.

“The water was icy cold and I quickly began to lose consciousness. I was 25 minutes in the water and near death through hypothermia when help arrived. It all happened so quickly and I wouldn’t be here to tell the tale if I wasn’t wearing a lifejacket.”

Over the coming weeks, Seafish will be providing safety packs to commercial fishermen in the UK as part of its Sea You Home Safe campaign. The packs will provide ways in which fishermen can reduce the risk of accidents on board, as well as providing information on what training is available (including funded training) and how to apply for a free PFD.

Simon continues: “It is widely understood that fishing is the most dangerous peacetime occupation and as a result, even more training, care and consideration should be taken in preparation for working out at sea. It may be surprising that non fatal accidents are more likely to happen during the summer months, but this is the time when most fishermen are out at sea, working hard to make a living. Tiredness, fatigue and complacency can easily creep up on the unwary fisherman. We need to be taking real action all year round to ensure we are keeping our fishermen safe at sea.

“There is a wealth of safety knowledge and expertise available for fishermen to draw on. In addition to Seafish and its network of Approved Training Providers, fishermen can get information, advice, guidance and support from organisations including the MCA, MAIB, RNLI, Fishermen’s Federations, the Fishermen’s Mission and Seafarers UK. So I would urge all owners, skippers and crew to get in touch and see what support is available.”

For more information about training opportunities for fishermen, please visit http://www.seafish.org/training

UK Nuclear sub collides with merchant vessel
21 Jul 2016
UK nuclear Sub Collides with merchnat vessel

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