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Scotland’s Fishing Fleet Urged To Go Green

Scotland’s Fishing Fleet Urged To Go Green

Environmental groups are calling on the Scottish fishing industry to take urgent steps to decarbonise the sector. They say they have calculated that the UK fleet emits the same carbon dioxide as 110,000 homes every year. A new report says fishing practices need to...

UK and EU sign agreement on catch levels for 2021

UK and EU sign agreement on catch levels for 2021

Agreement covers catch limits for 70 shared fish stocks worth approximately £333m in fishing opportunities to the UK fleet. The UK has now concluded annual fisheries negotiations with the EU, providing certainty for the fishing industry on catch limits for the...

Fear Grows Over Fuel Taxation For Fishing vessels

Fear Grows Over Fuel Taxation For Fishing vessels

WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies are now entering the final stage. After two decades of dialogue, trade ministers from 164 countries are resolved to secure an agreement ahead of the ministerial conference of 15 July this year. The European fishing industry...

The price of starting fishing

The price of starting fishing

There was a time when it was relatively easy to become a small boat fisherman in Iceland. You only had to acquire a boat and start fishing. That is not so simple anymore. Now it requires a major investment because of the sky-high prices of fishing quotas.  ...

Finding the Sweet Spot For Nephrops

Finding the Sweet Spot For Nephrops

Nephrops (aka Norwegian Lobster, Prawns) are some of the most valuable species in European fisheries. One of the overwhelming issues in the fishery is  Skippers have no idea where they are catching Nephrops on a trawl tow.  A Captain cannot see Nephrops on a shipboard...

No fatalities four years in a row

No fatalities four years in a row

No Icelander lost his or her life at sea in 2020. This is the fourth year in a row with no fatalities occurring in the Icelandic fleet and the seventh year since the turn of the century. Accidents at sea reported to the Icelandic Health Insurance have also decreased...

Iceland’s top catchers in 2020

Iceland’s top catchers in 2020

In 2020, freezer trawler Sólberg ÓF 1 from Fjallabyggd in North Iceland delivered a catch valued at over 5.2 billion Icelandic kronas (ISK), the equivalent of 33 million Euros. That is an all-time record for an Icelandic fishing ship in any given year. The catch...