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MPA & SAC Consultation Part 1

MPA & SAC Consultation Part 1

The public consultation on statutory management measures for Inshore SACs and MPAs closes on the 2nd of February 2015. SSACN are recommending that only sustainable methods such as creeling, hand diving for scallops and angling should be allowed inside MPAs and that all active / towed gear (trawls, dredged and hydraulic methods) should be excluded […]

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Don’t take the P–The Video

Don’t take the P–The Video

Scotland’s seas need your help – see the video. We need to tell the Scottish Government: DontTakeTheP out of MPAs. Our seas should be managed for public benefit – but they are in ecological decline. We have two choices. We can either stick with the status-quo by zoning off just a few, small patches of […]

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2015 Special Events Poster

2015 Special Events Poster

Download your copy of the 2015 Special Events poster. Our Special Events programme shows anglers can make a difference by combining the three elements : sports, science and conservation. Historically anecdotal evidence has long suggested several species of shark in Scottish waters required protection from exploitation, but with little scientific data regarding their quantity, size, […]

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Samantha King appointed

Samantha King appointed

Our Community Outreach Programme has proved very successful and so far has been delivered to more than 2,600 individuals of all ages. Now, thanks to funding support from Marine Scotland, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Jane King as our Community Outreach Project Officer. Samantha has a BSC in Marine and Freshwater […]

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SSACN withdraw D&R Proposal

SSACN withdraw D&R Proposal

Over 2 years ago SSACN, in line with the Scottish Government’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) process – we have now withdrawn from that process. Despite a Government paper in Dec 2012 stating that 2 Demonstration & Research MPA proposals, including SSACN’s were currently being assessed, in reality that was not the case, it was not […]

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Governments

Protect Luce Bay – Don’t take the P out of MPA’s

Protect Luce Bay – Don’t take the P out of MPA’s

Want more local jobs, more fishing & a healthier sea? We have an opportunity to better manage the seabed and marine life of Luce Bay. Right now, Marine Scotland is consulting on how to manage the Luce Bay Special Area of Conservation. With every passing year fragile underwater habitats are destroyed by destructive fishing practices. There is no long-term economic and […]

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Inshore Fisheries – Options For Change

Inshore Fisheries – Options For Change

A while ago the Scottish Government commissioned a Report to use cost benefit analysis and economic impact assessment to identify the potential benefits / costs of the effects of stopping dredging and trawling for prawns, lobsters and scallops from being carried out between 1 to 3 three miles from the shore. The recently released Report […]

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Fisheries Ministers won’t protect bass

Fisheries Ministers won’t protect bass

Once again the commercial lobby and ministers have put national interest before the protection of a species at risk. With ICES calling for an 80% reduction in bass landings, how bad do things have to get before something is done ? According to UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice : “I was disappointed no decision was […]

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Solway – Case Study in Celtic Seas Project

Solway – Case Study in Celtic Seas Project

The Solway has been chosen as a case study by the Celtic Seas Partnership Project. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires countries to work together to manage the marine environment in a collaborative way if our seas are to be healthy and activities, sustainable and they need to be managed in a coordinated way that […]

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Draft National Marine Plan

Draft National Marine Plan

The draft National Marine Plan was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 11 December 2014.  You can view or download the National Marine Plan (NMP) here and GIS data for the NMP can be found here. A new webpage will be hosted on the Scottish Government website  to make the wide variety of material available […]

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Commercial sectors

Slavery on trawlers ?

Slavery on trawlers ?

Condensed from an article in the Daily Record With dwindling catches and wages, there are few people left in Scots fishing communities to go to sea which is why trawler owners have increasingly turned to foreign crews to keep the boats at sea. If these foreign workers do not come ashore, they are not subject […]

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Illegal fishing in Arran MPA

Illegal fishing in Arran MPA

Illegal commercial fishing at the South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA) has resulted in an urgent Marine Conservation Order (MCO) being brought in to protect a fragile underwater ecosystem off Arran. This is the first time such powers from the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 have been used. The Scottish government said the order would protect […]

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A lesson from Norway and Russia

A lesson from Norway and Russia

Prime cod fishing grounds have been depleted or wiped out by overfishing and poor management. But in Arctic waters, Norway and Russia are working cooperatively to sustain a highly productive — and profitable — northern cod fishery where nothing is wasted  skin, fins, bones, offal, or roe. Fresh tongues are sent straight to Oslo, whole […]

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More money for Scottish Inshore Fisheries Groups

More money for Scottish Inshore Fisheries Groups

Once again sea angling has missed out on European money as more is funnelled into the commercial sector. £1.4 million of funding is heading to Inshore Fisheries Groups (IFG) for new research projects that will aim to secure a sustainable future for inshore commercial sector. The funding, which is delivered in partnership with the European […]

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Scottish and UK fisheries ministers respond to SFF questions on independence.

Scottish and UK fisheries ministers respond to SFF questions on independence.

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has received replies from both the Scottish and UK fisheries ministers providing their answers to key questions on the implications for fishing  should there be constitutional change. In the SFF’s letter to Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead, and UK Fisheries Minister, George Eustace, the Federation underlined that […]

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MPA & SAC Consultation Part 1

MPA & SAC Consultation Part 1

The public consultation on statutory management measures for Inshore SACs and MPAs closes on the 2nd of February 2015. SSACN are recommending that only sustainable methods such as creeling, hand diving for scallops and angling should be allowed inside MPAs and that all active / towed gear (trawls, dredged and hydraulic methods) should be excluded […]

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Wandering Star

Wandering Star

The Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP) has seen some amazing results during its 6 years off tagging sharks. Recently a common skate originally tagged, in an Irish tagging programme, in Ballycastle Bay Northern Ireland in March 2003, was recaptured twice by anglers fishing off the Scottish coast after having been at liberty for 4182 days […]

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Analytics to help understand marine networks

Analytics to help understand marine networks

Scientists at Heriot-Watt University will use the kind of computing algorithms more commonly associated with Google search engines to uncover and record the complex relationships which exist across Scotland’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). A new study by the University will use computer models to map ocean currents and larvae movement around Scotland’s coast after which […]

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Inshore Manager Plays ‘Teacher’ On Chefs’ Angling Trip

Inshore Manager Plays ‘Teacher’ On Chefs’ Angling Trip

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 – Source: Seafood Scotland Seafood Scotland’s Inshore Manager Craig Burton was ‘all at sea’ recently, when he joined an angling trip for eight chefs from the Glasgow Hilton, hosted by Campbell Brothers Fish. Onboard Ronnie Campbell’s Laura Dawn, fishing in Loch Etive out of Oban, Craig pitted his angling skills […]

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The Marine Charter

The Marine Charter

Our seas and their amazing wildlife need better protection. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is working with NGOs, through Wildlife and Countryside Link, to ask politicians to sign the Marine Protected Area Charter. The Marine Charter calls for the swift designation of a well-managed network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in UK seas by 2016. […]

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