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Applications from clubs and fisheries are now being invited for the first four Wheelyboats in the spring Purpose-built angling boats, both the Coulam 15 and 16 are already widely used on fisheries all over the UK. The Coulam 16 Wheelyboat is identical to the standard Coulam 16, but is built with a hydraulic platform amidships that lowers the angler from gunwale height to floor level. The angler wheels up a short ramp onto the platform and a lever is pressed that lowers the platform. At floor level the angler can then position himself at the bow or stern. The Coulam 16 Wheelyboat can be driven from a wheelchair and, once on board, the disabled angler can operate the Wheelyboat entirely independently. The Coulam 16 Wheelyboat is best boarded from a floating pontoon or jetty, but boarding from the bank is possible with a longer ramp.

It has a maximum capacity of three people and the maximum outboard motor is 10hp. It is designed for angling on stillwaters on the drift or at anchor. Its wide beam makes it unsuitable for rowing very far, but it can be used on a river if motored to the swim or pool and anchored up. For salmon fishing, where a boatman rows and the angler fishes from the stern, then a Coulam 15 Wheelyboat is recommended. Two of these accessible boats operate on the River Tweed and applications can be made for this model instead of the Coulam 16 Wheelyboat. The Wheelyboat Trust has raised £35,000 in grants from the Peter Harrison Foundation (£30,000) and Lord Barnby’s Foundation (£5,000) to support this initiative. The closing date for applications is Saturday 30 April.

PARIS (Reuters) - Fishing industry officials from France and Britain will try to strike a new deal on dredging for scallops next week following violent skirmishes in the Channel, authorities said on Friday. On Tuesday, French vessels rammed British trawlers off the coast of Normandy, hurling projectiles and insults in a dispute which erupted after a previous agreement broke down. French fishermen accuse the British of unfairly catching scallops in the Baie de Seine in the summer months when French boats are banned from doing so under rules imposed by the Paris government to conserve stocks of the shellfish. French Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert told Europe 1 radio he had discussed the issue with a British minister on Thursday night and that the industry representatives would meet next week to work out an agreement.

"We both condemn the violent acts and we want to return to a spirit of responsibility," Travert said. Travert said he had asked British fisheries minister George Eustace to ensure UK vessels do not sail south of the Barfleur-Antifer line, the scene of this week’s clashes. The industry representatives would meet in London on Wednesday and French government officials would also attend, said Dimitri Rogoff, who heads the Normandy fishing association. Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said it was time for calm, for rational discussion and peaceful resolution, not conflict at sea. "As control over access and fisheries resource changes in the next few years, it will be imperative that the rules are agreed, accepted and, where necessary, enforced," he said.

Scallops - known as Coquilles Saint Jacques in France - are one of a handful of species whose catch is governed by national rather than European Union regulations. While British ships have no access to French territorial waters up to 12 nautical miles (22 km) off the coast, they can legally operate in the expansive Baie de Seine between Cherbourg and Le Havre. France bans its fishermen from scallop dredging between May 15 and Oct. 1, but Britain allows its vessels to operate year-round. But small British vessels were excluded from that agreement. The French say the British have undermined the spirit of the deal by sending more and more small vessels. In protest, the French have not signed any agreement this year.

As part of Sky's ongoing Brexit coverage, I'm on a white fish trawler in the North Sea talking to fishermen about the EU. The big questions, which we hope to answer on this seven-day trip, are: What do trawlermen want from the renegotiations, and are they likely to get what they were promised? The life of a deep-sea trawlerman can be tough on the family. The six men from the Orkney area of Scotland all have wives or girlfriends and kids waiting for them back home. Ship cool Ryan is the youngest on board (hence why he is cook - they call him the "Passionate Chef", ironically). He says "leaving the house is the hardest part of the job".

But it's a job he can't imagine ever leaving. This despite personal experience of disaster and tragedy at sea. Since the 1970s it's an industry in decline with the landings of fish halving since then and the number of fishermen now standing at around 12,000. Brexit, many hope, will restore the industry to its former glory. But there's much the UK Government must deliver in terms of negotiations with Brussels before then. Day 6: Plenty of fish in the sea? Down in the gutting room it is loud, bloody and slippery. Colin Mackay has been in the business long enough to remember the days of gutting everything by hand on the deck of the boat with waves crashing all around.

Why did Theresa May ditch a no-deal Brexit? Now it's much safer and far more efficient in the factory production-line in the belly of the boat. We're just over halfway through the fishing trip and already the hold where the boxed-up fish are kept is becoming cramped. You won't find much concern about fish stocks here. Trawlerman Alex Nicholson says it's never been better in his 38 years. The EU's Common Fisheries Policy, although derided by many fishermen who voted to leave, can be credited with improving the status of many fish stocks. In most cases, fishing levels are sustainable, but strong regional differences exist. The Mediterranean and Black Sea remain poorly assessed, but important signs of improvement have been recorded in the North-East Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea. Effectively there's a North/South divide across the EU-managed areas.

For the crew onboard the Aalskere, there's a lot of frustration with misconceptions. Just because one area is overfished, doesn't mean we're doing it, they say. Haddock in the North Seas where we are fishing is certified sustainable. Today was an unusually calm day at sea and it affected the atmosphere on board. In the afternoon a mist rolled in ahead of the Supermoon at night. The crew carried on their work but it was a much calmer energy. It got me thinking about how exposed the men are out here - every change in weather makes their job harder or easier or more dangerous. It's also true to say that the men are perhaps more exposed because of Brexit.

We know that most of the industry wanted to leave and voted as such, but now their livelihoods are open to some quite drastic changes. Whether or not the renegotiations bring sunshine or rain for them, remains to be seen. Speaking to people in the fishing community, I'm constantly told "99% voted to leave the EU". Perhaps no other industry was so staunchly against staying in the European Union. And now I see why. Today I asked skipper Iain to show me how the quotas he is given by Brussels affect his day-to-day job. It's a surprise break in the usually relaxed captain.

Like many, he sees the situation as unfair and watches foreign vessels helping themselves to British fish where he is forbidden. It's a simple argument when you see it in practise but the renegotiation is going to get messy. After all, any bargaining power we have, could be softened by the fact that we export 80% of fish caught by British boats, with most going to EU countries who'd like to see things stay as they are. I was warned it could get a bit choppy in the North Sea in November. Everyone offered advice on how to cope with sea sickness and I prepared accordingly.

However, sea sickness has (so far) not been an issue, sleeping has. In gale force winds, the boat's movement is frightening. For the crew onboard the Aalskere, they're used to the unusual movements and the unusual rhythms of life at sea. They fish around the clock, day or night, hauling in the nets after five hours of towing. They then process the fish, throw the nets back in and rest for a few hours before starting it all over The men work extremely hard in scary conditions and they do it all with a wonderful array of euphemisms; "it's a bit rollie," they say or "aye, it can be a bit uncomfortable at times".

On watch last night in the wheelhouse was Keith Flynn, a young father of four who clearly loves the job. He's hopeful that, although it can't change the weather, leaving the EU will make his working life easier. Soon after our chat, Keith presses the bleeper tannoy and everyone's up and out on deck within minutes. The cycle starts once more. It's taken the skipper more than 24 hours to steam to the ideal spot to fish for haddock. We're 200 miles from Peterhead in northeast Scotland and only 60 miles from Norway. Trawling is a truly international industry with boats dipping in and out of international waters. Skipper Iain Harcus says the rules here are different from EU waters but the quota he has been set by Brussels applies. This makes his job tricky as he must manage and count every fish he hauls onboard. Tonight, plenty have been caught. The crew work by moonlight on the deck hauling the nets, emptying them into the hold and then setting the nets again. The experienced crew mainly from Orkney work incredibly fast and efficiently. Thousands of fish are gutted, cleaned and boxed up in minutes. Then they rest for a few hours and it all starts again.

Six crew members from a stricken fishing vessel have been rescued amid 20ft waves while rail and road links across Britain have been hit by storm-force winds. Winds reached 60 miles per hour for a second day across coasts as Storm Gareth continued to move across the UK on Wednesday. The fishermen were airlifted from a 79ft French fishing boat off Land’s End after it suffered engine failure. Another fishing vessel went to help and a lifeboat was launched after the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said it was alerted at approximately 10pm on Tuesday ] waves on scene and storm-force winds, it was impossible for either the fishing vessel or the lifeboat to establish a tow with La Fanette," the MCA said.

Two yellow warnings have been issued by the Met Office for high winds covering Northern Ireland, Wales, most of England and the west coast of Scotland. Commuters were warned on Wednesday morning that transport links could be affected as the squally weather blows through - while racing at the Cheltenham festival was briefly in doubt before authorities gave the green light. People using trains in Wales, Scotland, the north of England and East Anglia were warned that services could be disrupted by high winds with speed restrictions in place across a wide area. Trains between Durham and Newcastle were halted on Wednesday morning after overhead electric wires were damaged, while some Virgin Trains services between Manchester and London and some trains between Glasgow Central and Preston were cancelled. There were also reports of trees blocking roads and some exposed routes in the north-east of England being closed to high-sided vehicles.

The animals were spotted eating flowers in people’s gardens, as well as walking out in front of traffic. A spokesperson for Conwy council said there was nothing it could do to keep the goats away from the town: "Goats going into town is nothing unusual, particularly at this time of year. There is no way of stopping them. The goats originally came to Llandudno as a gift to Lord Mostyn from Queen Victoria in the late 19th century and have since been housed on the hillsides of the Great Orme summit. Winds were forecast to fade later on Wednesday while Thursday was forecast to be less windy but with further showers, some wintry. Another weather front of rain and winds was forecast to sweep across Britain on Friday. Day two of the Cheltenham festival was expected to proceed as planned after the track passed a precautionary inspection. Officials had planned an 8am check and announced a contingency to postpone Wednesday’s card until Saturday, as a forecast for high winds threatened the card.

Nine African and Asian crew members working on a pair of U.K. The men - from Ghana, India and Sri Lanka - were identified when one of the vessels came into Portsmouth harbor with a crew member that had suffered a head injury, The Guardian reported. Five non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals were said to have been found on the vessel and referred by police to the National Crime Agency’s mechanism for investigating human trafficking. Four other non-EEA nationals were later reportedly identified on a second trawler at another port in southwest England and were also taken to safety. The men are alleged to have worked unlimited hours at sea with very little rest for pay of GBP 850 (USD 1,141, EUR 968) to GBP 950 (USD 1,276, EUR 1,082) per month.

The first vessel was detained in Portsmouth with two men arrested and questioned by police. The newspaper highlighted that the arrests coincide with a new report, published by Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), that claims extensive labor exploitation in the Irish trawler fleet. According to MRCI’s report, migrant workers on Irish-owned vessels are experiencing exploitation, discrimination, physical abuse and severe underpayment. Its research is based on interviews with 30 fishermen from Egypt and the Philippines, which found that the majority worked more than 100 hours a week for an average pay of just under EUR 3.00 (USD 3.54) per hour.

A long term plan to manage fish stocks in the Western Waters, backed by Conservative MEPs, is said to provide more certainty for UK fishermen during the Brexit period. The regional plan covers 38 different species in fishing grounds to the west of Britain, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal and replaces the EU's previous blanket regulatory approach, which did not take account the specific needs of different fisheries. Using the best scientific evidence, it will set ranges of fish mortality within which individual stocks can remain sustainable. Where high conservation measures are working and stocks are recovering, fishermen will have more catching opportunities. Conservative Fisheries spokesman Baroness Mobarik MEP welcomed the adoption of the plan by the European Parliament on Tuesday.

The effective long term management of demersal species, nephrops and deep sea stocks in the Western Waters will remain of crucial importance to our fishing fleet post Brexit. This sensible, science-based approach should help us contribute to that process from outside the EU. Meanwhile, Paul Blomfield MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Minister, has responded to the Government’s plan to exclude its Brexit deal from the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act. He said: "This plan shows contempt for our democracy. "The Government is trying to avoid proper scrutiny and run down the clock in order to force through its bad Brexit deal. Martin Banks is a highly qualified journalist with many years experience of working within the EU institutions. He is an occasional, and highly valued, contributor to EU today, writing on a wide variety of issues.

A British submarine damaged a fishing trawler it dragged through the Irish Sea, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. The Karen was pulled at 10 knots after the sub snagged in its fishing nets 18 miles from Ardglass on the south-east shore of Northern Ireland in April. The trawler was badly damaged but the crew escaped unharmed. MoD minister Penny Mordaunt said: "The Royal Navy has now confirmed that a UK submarine was, in fact, responsible for snagging the Karen’s nets. The incident, the delay in identifying and addressing the events on that day, and their consequences are deeply regretted. The four-member fishing crew scrambled to release wires connecting the net to the out of-control trawler, which had been moving forward slowly but was suddenly sent careering backwards through the water.

The vessel made its way back to Ardglass, one of Northern Ireland’s main fishing ports. Part of the deck had to be lifted because it was so badly damaged, and another section was ripped off. Shortly afterwards Mordaunt said she was confident no British submarine had been involved. Margaret Ritchie, MP for South Down, said: "Fishermen must be confident that their vessels will not be damaged by submarine activity and where incidents do take place, the government will own up to it immediately. It’s important now that the owner and crew of the Karen are compensated for the damage done to their vessel and the time they have lost at sea as a result.

The British government has promised to "take back our waters" after the UK leaves the European Union (assuming that the UK does leave). There is a case for an adjustment of fish quotas in Britain’s favour as part of any final Brexit deal. But the hopes of some British fishermen, and the expectations of an ill-informed public, have been absurdly overblown by the rhetoric of UKIP, Conservative Brexiteers and the environment secretary, Michael Gove. There will be no reasonable Brexit outcome for Britain unless it accepts a few simple truths. Continental and Irish fishing boats have been catching fish in "British waters" for many centuries.

To exclude them, or to reduce their catches radically, post-|Brexit, would all but destroy the French, Danish and Dutch fishing industries. Boats from the Pas de Calais, Normandy and Brittany take more than half their catch within Britain’s potential economic zone or 200-mile limit. A large part of the British industry depends on overnight, smooth exports of fish and shellfish to the continent and especially to France. That trade matters far more to many of the "fragile British coastal communities" championed by Mr Gove and UKIP than a huge "repatriation" of "British" fish now caught by EU boats. It will be politically impossible for France or the EU to continue to facilitate this €1 billion trade if continental fishing fleets are locked out of British waters.

Fishing boats travel in the waters off the port of Grandcamp-Maisy on the Normandy coast, north-western France. This is the true context of the somewhat convoluted remarks about fish made by President Emmanuel Macron at the Brexit summit in Brussels on Sunday. The remarks caused a predictable explosion of righteous indignation in parts of the British media. The anger was based largely on ignorance - by British commentators and by President Macron himself - of the facts about fish. This was interpreted by British commentators as a "threat" to lock the UK into the "hated backstop" unless it gave way on fish.

If that was what he truly meant, Macron was holding a gun to his own head. Fish is excluded from the terms of the backstop. If transition ends without an agreement in 2020, the EU fisheries policy will no longer apply in British waters. French boats would lose access rights, which go back in some cases to the Middle Ages. Some threat, Monsieur Macron. Small wonder that the French government scrambled today to explain the President’s remarks as merely a "commitment" to fight hard for French fishermen. In truth, other, more effective, threats are available to him and other EU governments. Cue outrage on the part of Brexiteers and the blinkered, maximalist part of the British fishing industry.

But consider the facts. Continental and Irish fishing boats take about 58 per cent of the fish caught in British waters under the terms of the EU fisheries policy launched in 1983. French boats take about 8.4 per cent. French quotas for cod and sole are generous - too generous - in the Channel, where the fish, for some reason, mostly swim on the British side of the "median line". British boats are allowed only about 8 per cent of the cod caught there. But, in UK waters overall, British boats take 71 per cent of the cod; 80 per cent of the haddock; 58 per cent of the mackerel; 85 per cent of the langoustines. A large part of the EU catch consists of inedible fish netted by the Danes for pig-feed.. Much of the French catch consists of species like Saithe and Whiting which the French eat but the British don’t. It is reasonable that British boats should have some improved shares if Britain does split from the EU. The scope for improvement, except in the Channel, is not as huge as Brexiteers claim.

A pensioner is celebrating a catch of the day that’s closer to Herman Melville than Harry Ramsden’s after reeling in the biggest cod recorded to have been landed by a British angler. So large was the 42kg (93lb) fish that Bert Williams, 71, initially thought that he had a dolphin on the end of his line when he was fishing off the coast of Norway. "I’ve never felt anything like it before," the fisherman, from the Wirral, Merseyside, told the BBC. "As soon as it caught my bait it pulled 20 metres of line from my reel, the only time that’s happened before is when I got snagged on a boat propeller. He added: "To get the thing out of the water, I had to pace myself. I wouldn’t have been able to lift it in on my own. A day earlier, another person on the same trip, Williams’ friend, Paul Stevens, pulled in a cod of 38kg. . The friends plan to mould the record-breaking catch into a fibreglass replica and mount it at Norfolk offices of Sportquest Holidays, which organised the trip. Williams, who has a heart condition, also holds the record for the largest cod caught by a disabled angler.

For the first time since 1973, the Fisheries Bill will enable the UK to control who may fish in our waters and on what terms. The Bill also gives the UK the power to implement new deals negotiated with the EU and with other coastal states and manage fisheries more effectively and sustainably in future. • Controlling access - by ending current automatic rights for EU vessels to fish in UK waters. In future, access to fish in UK waters will be a matter for the UK to negotiate and we will decide on the terms - foreign vessels would have to follow our rules. • Setting fishing opportunities - by proposing powers to ensure that the UK can set its own fishing quota and days at sea, which it will negotiate as an independent coastal State. As now, the UK government will consult the Devolved Administrations.

• Protecting the marine environment - by ensuring fisheries management decisions are taken strategically for the benefit of the whole marine environment. The Bill extends powers to the Marine Management Organisation and the Devolved Administrations to protect our seas. The four fisheries Administrations will set out in a joint statement how they will work together to achieve the Bill’s sustainability objectives. This new Fisheries Bill will allow us to create a sustainable, profitable fishing industry for all of the UK. It will regenerate coastal communities, take back control of our waters and, through better conservation measures, allow our precious marine environment to thrive. The Common Fisheries Policy has damaged the UK’s fishing industry and our precious fish stocks. The Bill will deliver a sustainable fishing industry, with healthy seas and a fair deal for UK fishermen. The Bill also provides powers to reform fisheries rules. To ensure legal continuity, the EU (Withdrawal) Act transferred Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) rules into UK law. This Bill allows government to amend fisheries legislation to respond to scientific advice and innovation quickly - something the CFP failed to do - and to meet our international obligations.