Bursaries available to support fishermen’s attendance at inshore fisheries conference

Fishermen from across the UK are being offered funding to support their attendance at the Future of Our Inshore Fisheries conference in London on 8-9 October 2019. The move is part of efforts to ensure strong representation from active fishermen at the event, which will discuss issues around the management of inshore fisheries and aims to establish a blueprint for their future management.

A variety of organisations and companies have responded to a call from the project’s steering group to help reduce the financial burden on active fishermen who choose to attend by covering out of pocket expenses, such as travel and accommodation.

The Future of Our Inshore Fisheries project is a collaborative project bringing together key partners including Seafarers UK, Seafish, the Fishmongers’ Company with the National Federation of Fishing Organisations, Coastal Producer Organisations, DEFRA and the MMO

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Commenting on the announcement Aoife Martin, Director of Operations at Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry, said:

“The experience and ideas of active fishermen will be vital as we bring the industry together with policy-makers, regulators and the science and environmental community to discuss potential solutions to improve the management of our inshore fisheries.”

“We’ve had a great response from industry and beyond in our call for providing financial assistance to help ensure that fishermen will not be left out of pocket for taking an active interest in the future of their industry and attending the conference.

“From retailers and regulatory bodies to fishermen’s organisations and NGOs, we have had a great response to our call for financial support. We are pleased that we will be able to help around 50 fishermen to attend, ensuring an excellent representation of fishermen from across the UK and across a variety of types of commercial fishing.

“With these bursaries being allocated on a first come first served basis we would encourage fishermen interested in attending to get in touch as soon as possible.”

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The conference aims to establish the foundation for a collaborative management approach which ensures our marine environment and coastal communities are sustainable and thriving into the future. The project was established in January 2019 and is being driven by a steering group with representatives from across the UK fishing industry, government and the science community.

The two day conference is free to attend and the bursaries will be allocated on a first come first served basis to eligible fishermen.

Fishermen interested in registering for the conference – which be held at the Leonardo Royal Hotel at Tower Bridge, London on 8-9 October 2019 – and accessing bursary funding should contact Holly Kaiser at Seafish on 0131 558 333 or at holly.kaiser@seafish.co.uk for further information.

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