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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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SSACN AGM

SSACN AGM

        It’s that time again.! This year we’ll be holding the AGM on Wednesday October 1st at the Carlton Hotel, Prestwick, KA9 1TP – more info at http://www.carlton-prestwick.com/ The AGM will commence at 5pm and the format will be very much our standard one : Chairman’s Report Project Reports Treasure’s Report Election […]

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Shark cull blocked my Australian regulator

Shark cull blocked my Australian regulator

The controversial shark cull that was implemented earlier this year in Western Australia is to be halted after the state’s environmental regulator suggested there were “a high degree of scientific uncertainty”. The cull, which was introduced in April for a 13 week trial, saw baited traps, known as drum lines, placed across seven beaches in […]

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Science in Luce Bay

Science in Luce Bay

In spite of some less than fantastic weather last week, the SSTP managed to get out for a couple of days of shark tagging as part of some scientific research. Our Project Officer Ed Wright was out tagging to gain further experience as part of his ongoing training. We were also lucky enough to have Dr. […]

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SSACN attend Dutch Sharkatag 2014

SSACN attend Dutch Sharkatag 2014

Ian Burrett, SSACN’s Chairman had the great pleasure of attending the Dutch Sharkatag on the 13th and 14th August as the guest of Sportvisseriej Nederland (Sports Fishing Netherland). Opening the event in front of over 100 VIP’s from the Netherlands including politicians, government employees, scientists and fisheries people, Ian’s  15 minute presentation outlined the successes […]

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Governments

Consultation on the Scottish King Scallop Fishery

Consultation on the Scottish King Scallop Fishery

The Scottish Government have opened a consultation seeking views on possible new management measures in the Scottish king scallop fishery. The consultation seeks views on new management measures in the Scottish king scallop (Pecten maximus) fishery. The issues on which views are sought are: Increasing the minimum landing size of scallops Introducing new restrictions associated […]

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EU rules demand proper management of sea fisheries

EU rules demand proper management of sea fisheries

The impact of commercial fishing in more than 11,500 square kilometres (7,000 square miles) of English coastal waters is being reviewed to make sure that habitats and species are not damaged by fishing. This area for further assessment covers about one-third of the sea within six miles of English beaches where there are 89 separate […]

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Recreational sea angling recognised in SW England

Recreational sea angling recognised in SW England

In a move which the Scottish Government and their fisheries managers would be advised to follow – three pilot zones to test the design and application of fisheries management through voluntary codes of conduct to improve sea angling have been introduced by regulators on parts of the Somerset and Devon coasts. After many years of […]

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Manx fish and scallop stocks in trouble

Manx fish and scallop stocks in trouble

Mirroring concerns in Scottish waters, there are growing concerns over dwindling fish and scallop stocks in Manx waters. The decrease in fish stocks has prompted the Manx fisheries managers to set up a committee to be set up and it’s hoped the science steering group will bring closer working relations between the government and fishermen. […]

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Bass over exploited

Bass over exploited

Of all the species in our waters bass is one of those of great interest to both the recreational and commercial sectors. However, as with many other species before it, commercial over-exploitation is creating and an uncertain future for the species. Commercial fishing pressure has greatly reduced the size of the bass stock biomass at […]

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Commercial sectors

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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The Clyde – Fact or Fiction

The Clyde – Fact or Fiction

THE debate on the future management of fisheries in the Firth of Clyde must be based on fact rather than inaccurate scaremongering, says the Clyde Fishermen’s Association (CFA). According to CFA secretary, Archie Macfarlane, recent scientific research and a fishing trial conducted on behalf of Marine Scotland produced catches of mature cod, along with other […]

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Predator loss destabilizes Marine Communities

Predator loss destabilizes Marine Communities

Scientists have long suspected that sharks and other predators were important, not because they are charismatic but because they bring balance to the overall marine community. But direct, empirical evidence for this has been lacking. Now, a study of the Mediterranean Sea published on September 16, 2014 in the journal Ecology Letters shows that reducing […]

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Protection of Spring Salmon

Protection of Spring Salmon

In terms of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003 (the Act), Scottish Ministers propose to make a conservation regulation under section 38 of the Act to protect early running spring salmon in Scotland. This follows the announcement by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change on 21 August 2014 that he would […]

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Recreational sea angling recognised in SW England

Recreational sea angling recognised in SW England

In a move which the Scottish Government and their fisheries managers would be advised to follow – three pilot zones to test the design and application of fisheries management through voluntary codes of conduct to improve sea angling have been introduced by regulators on parts of the Somerset and Devon coasts. After many years of […]

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Manx fish and scallop stocks in trouble

Manx fish and scallop stocks in trouble

Mirroring concerns in Scottish waters, there are growing concerns over dwindling fish and scallop stocks in Manx waters. The decrease in fish stocks has prompted the Manx fisheries managers to set up a committee to be set up and it’s hoped the science steering group will bring closer working relations between the government and fishermen. […]

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Fishing and funding

Fishing and funding

The EU, UK and Scottish governments are missing a real opportunity to develop tourism by putting in place measures to ensure sea angling could thrive. Instead they continue to focus substantial funds and subsidies on commercial sectors which can only develop if they further depleting the very resources they rely upon. Statistics published by Scotland’s […]

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