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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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International Marine Conservation Congress, Glasgow 2014

International Marine Conservation Congress, Glasgow 2014

Project Officer Ed Wright recently attended the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress in Glasgow representing the SSTP. On Sunday the 17th he presented to the audience of a academics, students and NGO’s a talk entitled: A European Shark Tagging Programme: The importance of Volunteers in Shark Research and Conservation. The talk aimed to celebrate the […]

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Species Hunt 2014–Luce Bay

Species Hunt 2014–Luce Bay

The weekend’s SSACN Species Hunt in Luce Bay was successful despite the moderate to strong winds limiting fishing to the west side of Luce Bay with 21 different species being caught and released, once again demonstrating the diversity of what is arguably one of Scotland’s few remaining premiere sea angling destinations.   The anglers catching […]

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Mobiles phone app to help stop illegal fishing

Mobiles phone app to help stop illegal fishing

Citizen scientists can now report — and potentially help stop — illegal fishing with the snap of a photo thanks to a new smartphone app developed by the Nature Conservancy. Something like three-quarters of the world’s fishing grounds are being overfished–that is, fish are being taken out faster than they can be replenished by reproduction. […]

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Governments

Can Marine Scotland protect the MPAs ?

Can Marine Scotland protect the MPAs ?

The designation of the marine protected areas (MPAs) last month means a fifth of Scottish waters may be guarded against harmful activities. However, can Marine Scotland really ensure their long term viability as there is a big difference between the resources put into fisheries and conservation management in England and in Scotland ? If they […]

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Quotas cut for 10 EU countries

Quotas cut for 10 EU countries

Once again the commercial fleets haven’t learnt their lesson with the result that fishing quotas for ten EU member states have been cut by the EC in a move to compensate for overfishing in 2013. The countries affected by the cuts are: Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and the UK […]

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Government response to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Government response to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

The Government’s response to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) consultation on proposals for the UK monitoring programmes has now been published. You can find it at: here. The UK Marine Strategy Part Two has also been published on this page and provides a description of the UK’s MSFD marine monitoring programmes. The Directive requires […]

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Offshore Energy consultation Update

Offshore Energy consultation Update

An update on the draft ‘Sectoral Marine Plans for Offshore Wind, Wave and Tidal Energy in Scottish Waters’ (here after referred to as ‘Sectoral Marine Plans’).  Last year Marine Scotland consulted on the draft Sectoral Marine Plans that identified 28 draft plan options for possible future renewables development, including 10 options for wind, 10 for […]

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CFP a failure

CFP a failure

THE EU Common Fisheries Policy has been branded a failure, says a new UK government report, but stresses that this is not necessarily the stance of the government itself, but the general view of interested bodies who have submitted evidence to the review. It argues that the EU had not successfully maintained fish stocks; however, […]

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Latest Consultations

Upcoming salmon conservation consultation

Upcoming salmon conservation consultation

The Scottish Government will soon consult on conservation measures to come into force in 2015 for an initial five-year period. Anglers will be forced to release early spring salmon under proposals being put forward by the Scottish Government. Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse announced he is looking at a ban on keeping fish caught between the […]

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Seaweed cultivation consultation

Seaweed cultivation consultation

The above consultation paper is now  available  on the Scottish Government website  at:   www.scotland.gov.uk/seaweed. The consultation seeks views on  a draft policy statement (and related Strategic Environmental Assessment) on seaweed cultivation in Scottish waters which aims to: Manage and regulate seaweed cultivation Facilitate sustainable development of the seaweed cultivation industry Inform policy in order to […]

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Triennial Review of the Marine Management Organisation

Triennial Review of the Marine Management Organisation

The Defra Triennial Review of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has been launched. This will review the functions of the body, its governance arrangements and whether other delivery models would be more cost effective and in keeping with the Government’s reform commitments. Defra is keen to hear from people with an interest in the MMO’s […]

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Marine Protected Areas in Scotland’s Seas

Marine Protected Areas in Scotland’s Seas

Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas in Scotland’s Seas Start date 25/07/2013 – End date 14/11/2013 Following the Cabinet Secretary’s report to Parliament in December 2012 on the Progress to Identify a Scottish Network of Marine Protected Areas, views are sought on the possible Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)presented in this consultation.

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National Marine Plan (NMP)

National Marine Plan (NMP)

National Marine Plan (NMP) consultation Start date 25/07/2013 – End date 13/11/2013 The National Marine Plan (NMP) will introduce, for the first time, statutory marine planning in Scottish waters out to 200 nautical miles. It will provide integrated management of marine resources ensuring they are managed sustainably for the long term. The NMP will set […]

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Commercial sectors

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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SFF ask questions on devolution

SFF ask questions on devolution

Experience shows that other EU member states would look to gain advantage from post-Yes changes to fisheries policy, says Bertie Armstrong of the SFF in an article in the Scotsman. In the article he then asserts “ The result of the referendum will have hugely important implications for fishing, which means both the Yes and […]

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A fishy tale

A fishy tale

THE Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association (SWFPA) has launched a new video which focuses on the role of Scottish fishermen in sustainably harvesting fish. The video, ‘Sea to Plate – the Fisherman’ features an interview with Peter Bruce, skipper of the Budding Rose, immediately after he had landed 400 boxes of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) […]

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Other Recent Posts

Science in Luce Bay

Science in Luce Bay

| August 26, 2014

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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Upcoming salmon conservation consultation

Upcoming salmon conservation consultation

| August 23, 2014

The Scottish Government will soon consult on conservation measures to come into force in 2015 for an initial five-year period. Anglers will be forced to release early spring salmon under proposals being put forward by the Scottish Government. Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse announced he is looking at a ban on keeping fish caught between the […]

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SSACN attend Dutch Sharkatag 2014

SSACN attend Dutch Sharkatag 2014

| August 19, 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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International Marine Conservation Congress, Glasgow 2014

International Marine Conservation Congress, Glasgow 2014

| August 18, 2014

Project Officer Ed Wright recently attended the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress in Glasgow representing the SSTP. On Sunday the 17th he presented to the audience of a academics, students and NGO’s a talk entitled: A European Shark Tagging Programme: The importance of Volunteers in Shark Research and Conservation. The talk aimed to celebrate the […]

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Can Marine Scotland protect the MPAs ?

Can Marine Scotland protect the MPAs ?

| August 17, 2014

The designation of the marine protected areas (MPAs) last month means a fifth of Scottish waters may be guarded against harmful activities. However, can Marine Scotland really ensure their long term viability as there is a big difference between the resources put into fisheries and conservation management in England and in Scotland ? If they […]

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