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Say NO to electrofishing

Say NO to electrofishing

Scotland’s top chefs recognise it, NGOs recognise it, most everyone except the commercial fishing sector and the Scottish Government do, yet the Government is determined to push ahead and seek an exemption to a EU ban to allow electrofishing for razor clams. despite Cab Sec Lochhead admitting that the Marine Scotland investigation had not addressed […]

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Arran MPA supporting coastal economy

Arran MPA supporting coastal economy

With Cab. Sec., Richard Lochhead’s welcome announcement that destructive scallop dredging will end in the South Arran Marine Protected Area and that bottom trawling is to be limited to outer areas of the MPA, COAST is now taking steps to ensure the island is well-placed to realise the full economic and cultural potential of a […]

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2015 Species Hunt Report

2015 Species Hunt Report

The weatherman promised light winds but the North Westerly fresh winds that blew most of the day made it hard going in this year’s SSACN species hunt in Southwest Scotland. Most of the boats opted for Port Logan and boated some 15 different species – highlighting the wide variety of species available in the area […]

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Manage fish stocks in the public interest

Manage fish stocks in the public interest

An article in The Economist has stressed that the marine commercial fisheries sector should be managed in a way that guarantees high social value with a low environmental impact. This is something Marine Scotland and their Inshore Fisheries Groups, especially those ‘managing’ the Clyde should embrace given the destructive impact of the nephrops fishery; perhaps […]

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Clyde fish are getting smaller

Clyde fish are getting smaller

In a recently released paper the findings of an investigation of the potential trends in the age and length at maturation of cod (Gadus morhua), haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) and whiting (Merlangius merlangus) from the Firth of Clyde have been published. It will come as no surprise that they found over fishing causes a reduction in […]

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Governments

Inept fisheries management

Inept fisheries management

The EU have just published the limitation which will apply to the exploitation of bass stocks. Their opening statement: “In June 2014 the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) released scientific advice on the stock of sea bass in the North-East Atlantic, and confirmed that this stock had been in rapid decline […]

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Commercial sector to be exempt from EU law

Commercial sector to be exempt from EU law

The ban on using electricity to hunt lucrative shellfish could be lifted following lobbying by the commercial fishing sector lobbying for a rule change and for Scottish commercial fisherman to be exempt from EU laws which have been in place since 1998. At the same time, the Scottish Government has been unable to do anything […]

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Government response to MPA consultation

Government response to MPA consultation

The Scottish Government has published its response to the consultation. A press release can be found here, the report here (a temporary publication with a full HTML version to follow) Four Draft Marine Conservation Orders have been published: The orders cover four MPAs; Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura MPA (including Firth of Lorn SAC […]

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A realistic sized MPA

A realistic sized MPA

A stretch of the Atlantic Ocean that includes more than two dozen undersea coral canyons will become the largest marine protected area (MPA) ever. The MPA has been established in U.S. Atlantic waters by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The 38,000-square-mile zone encompasses waters at the edge of the continental shelf, from Virginia to Massachusetts, […]

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Ireland Confirms Two Bass Daily Bag Limit

Ireland Confirms Two Bass Daily Bag Limit

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has confirmed that Bass Fishing Conservation S.I. No. 826 OF 2007 remains in force and imposes a bag limit of two bass in any one period of 24 hours. The Irish bye-law also places a ban on angling for bass during the spawning season, which runs from 15th May to the […]

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Commercial sectors

SCFF dismiss SFF claims

SCFF dismiss SFF claims

In the on-going debate regarding the potential impact of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the destructive practices of trawling and dredging, Fisheries Minister Lochhead Lochhead has claimed that the "impact in the vast majority of cases will mean modest changes to fishing patterns with very limited economic impact given the ability of vessels to fish […]

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Analysis of commercial interests MPA issues

Analysis of commercial interests MPA issues

As previously reported, West coast inshore commercial fishers want an “urgent” meeting with Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead after voicing major concerns with what they see as the likely impact of Marine Protected Area (MPA) management measures. What is it that they don’t like ? Well to better understand the issue we have reviewed the press […]

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SFF angry at MPA consultation outcome

SFF angry at MPA consultation outcome

After months of pretending to support the proposals for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scottish waters , the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has shown it’s true colours by expressing disbelief and anger at the new management measures for MPAs announced by the Scottish Government today. Whilst other stakeholders, including the recreational sector have had to […]

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Time the Clyde IFG learned a lesson

Time the Clyde IFG learned a lesson

Shellfish stocks in the Outer Hebrides are to be protected through new conservation measures. The controls, which were developed by the local fishing industry and implemented by the Scottish Government, will help to protect the future of crab and lobster catches off the west coast of Scotland. Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Shellfish are very […]

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Critically endangered common skate back on the menu?

Critically endangered common skate back on the menu?

MBA scientists recently published a correspondence in Nature describing apparent landings of the critically endangered common skate (Dipturus batis) across different UK ports between 2011 and 2014 amounting to 9.6 tonnes despite an EU-wide ban being in place since 2009. These figures were buried in the official UK landings data for species-specific skate landings data. The […]

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West coast USA parallels West coast Scotland

West coast USA parallels West coast Scotland

Governments and commercial fisheries sectors around the world are all too often focussed on short term financial gain rather than the impact on marine fish stocks and the marine food web – this can be exemplified by fisheries mismanagement on the West coasts of the USA and Scotland. Scientists in the USA are concerned that […]

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Manage fish stocks in the public interest

Manage fish stocks in the public interest

An article in The Economist has stressed that the marine commercial fisheries sector should be managed in a way that guarantees high social value with a low environmental impact. This is something Marine Scotland and their Inshore Fisheries Groups, especially those ‘managing’ the Clyde should embrace given the destructive impact of the nephrops fishery; perhaps […]

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£4m Scottish wrasse project

£4m Scottish wrasse project

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has kicked off a £4 million applied research project to upscale the use of farmed wrasse in commercial salmon farms. The new project, now rolling out on Scotland’s west coast, has the potential to increase productivity on salmon farms and reduce the use of medicines in the industry, the […]

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Tagging Bluefin Tuna

Tagging Bluefin Tuna

An Isle of Harris fishing skipper and tourism operator who caught a 515lb Bluefin tuna in the Outer Hebrides waters back in 2013 recently starred on the Outdoor Channel’s Trev Gowdy’s Monsterfish programme – a channel is watched by 39 million viewers. Large Bluefin tuna have become more noticeable over recent years, chasing shoals of […]

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Steps to protecting Irish Bass

Steps to protecting Irish Bass

Commercial fishing for bass has been banned since 1990 in Ireland due to overfishing since the 60s. Today, the Irish bass fishery is saved but not totally restored. That’s why a 50 cm minimum landing size and one-fish bag limit has been approved in principle but not implemented as yet (awaiting the EU measures). Anglers […]

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