Welcome to the APPG on Fisheries stakeholder newsletter. Through regular updates, we'll aim to keep you informed of policy developments, Parliamentary announcements and sector headlines. We'll also provide round-ups of current Committee inquiries and fisheries-focused monitoring of the Parliamentary record, Hansard.

Registration is open for our Careers on Land and at Sea event in Parliament on 12 June. Further
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Parliament News

Upcoming Changes to Selectivity Rules

A new technical conservation regulation, aiming to reduce capture of juvenile fish and minimise environmental harm, is due to be introduced this summer. The new measures are mainly to enable fishermen to work more flexibly, but may require changing to more selective gear in some instances.
UK Creates 41 New Marine Conservation Zones

The most significant expansion of England’s ‘Blue Belt’ to date is designed to safeguard 12,000 square km of marine habitat, bringing the UK's total number of Marine Protected Areas to 355. The legislation follows extensive consultations with fishermen and conservation experts.
MMO Opens Entries for Two Discards Solutions Scheme

The Marine Management Organisation is seeking applicants for the North Sea Fully Documented Fisheries Scheme, designed to encourage more selective fishing behaviour using Remote Electronic Monitoring. Applications are also open for a new venture: the North East Nephrops Net Selectivity Scheme.

New Fisheries Bill Digest

The APPG Secretariat have released a new blog post shedding light on the UK's proposed Fisheries Bill, which is set to replace the EU's Common Fisheries Policy following our departure from the EU. The Bill is over halfway through the House of Commons, and is currently awaiting the Report Stage. Track its progress here.


UK Parliamentary Committees consist of a small number of MPs and/or Peers appointed to deal with particular issues. There are several Committee inquiries and reports relevant to the fisheries industry.
Sustainable Development Goals Inquiry
The Environmental Audit Committee held a one-off evidence session concerning the UK's Voluntary National Review of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 14 concerns our marine environment.

Scrutiny of the Fisheries Bill Inquiry
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee launched a short inquiry on the proposed scope, provisions and powers in the Fisheries Bill. Their report is available and is awaiting government response.

Sustainable Seas Inquiry
The Environmental Audit Committee launched an inquiry examining how to protect marine life and how the Government can create a more sustainable blue economy. Their report is available and has received government response.

EU Landing Obligation Inquiry
The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee's inquiry concluded that the UK is 'unprepared for new fisheries conservation rules.' The government has responded to their report and it is now awaiting debate.

Fisheries News

A round-up of the latest UK-relevant fishing news from a variety of sources.

Future of Our Inshore Fisheries Conference Announced For October
The major conference is designed to connect industry and government, to discuss how the UK's inshore fisheries could be optimised via collaboration between sectors.

Lords Select Committee Questions Fisheries Minister on Landing Obligation
Robert Goodwill gave evidence as part of the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee's ongoing inquiry into the implementation of the Landing Obligation.

Unsustainable Growth Putting Shellfish Industry at Risk, Say Sector Representatives
Strong demand for crab and whelks has led to unprecedented catches and could endanger the fishery's future, Robert Goodwill was warned at the NFFO's AGM.

Brexit may be 'Difficult and Challenging' for Scottish Seafood, Says Minister
Scottish Fisheries Minister Fergus Ewing warned that Scottish seafood exports and processing may be adversely affected by the UK leaving the EU.

Two Leading Supermarkets are the Latest to Sign Charter of Transparency
Marks and Spencer and Waitrose have committed to ensuring their seafood supply chains are free from illegal fishing and human rights abuses.

World Leaders Due to Meet in Ireland to Discuss the Health of Our Oceans
9-10 June will see over 30 Heads of State, UN Representatives and Ambassadors from island nations convene in Cork to discuss the marine environment.

New SeaWise Stability Device Set to Make Small Vessels Safer
A new innovative stability monitor, designed to alert crews of small fishing vessels to situations where there’s a risk of capsizing, is now available in the UK.

Welsh Fishing Fleet Receives 700 Life Saving Personal Flotation Devices
An industry-led Welsh Fishing Safety Committee project, supported by Seafish, has distributed the devices to over 90% of Wales' active fishing vessels.

New Report Recommends Measures for Reducing Cetacean Bycatch
The suggestions made following stakeholder-led discussion include incentivising cross-sector collaboration and streamlining monitoring and mitigation.

Lerwick's New White Fish Market to Focus on Sustainability
Shetland's Lerwick Port Authority has estimated that improved efficiency should deliver a 44-50% reduction in the market's energy consumption.

NFFO Analyses Progress and Perceptions of the Landing Obligation
The National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations give their thoughts on the implementation of the Discards Ban, including selectivity and surveillance.

Hansard Monitoring

Hansard is the official record of debates, votes and ministerial statements in Parliament. Our newsletters will gather together any debates or questions concerning fisheries that have recently taken place.

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