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COAST nominated for conservation awards

COAST nominated for conservation awards

We have received the following from COAST which may be of interest to some. [BEGINS] COAST is delighted to have been nominated for two important conservation awards. We have been put forward for both a Nature of Scotland Award and a Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award. The latter is by popular vote. Both nominations are […]

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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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REVIVE THE CLYDE – November Meetings

REVIVE THE CLYDE – November Meetings

SSACN and the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT www.sift-uk.org) will be hosting a series of angler meetings to discuss the “Revive The Clyde Campaign” (www.revivetheclyde.org) which is being run by SIFT to highlight the state of the Clyde fishery. These meetings are for anglers and other groups, including politicians, who support sea angling and the […]

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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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Governments

EU ignores science once again

EU ignores science once again

The Council of Fisheries Ministers of the EU has reached an agreement on fishing opportunities for deep-sea species for 2015 and 2016 with national interest once more taking precedence. Although catches will be reduced for many deep-sea stocks, as usual, catch limits were set higher than scientifically advised for 63 per cent of stocks, putting […]

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Management of Inshore SACs and MPAs

Management of Inshore SACs and MPAs

Start date 11/11/2014 – End date 02/02/2015 – initial details on the Scot Gov website. This consultation proposes a range of possible management approaches for 9 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and 11 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The SACs are protected by provisions in the EU Habitats Directive. The MPAs are protected by provisions in […]

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EC propose ban on deep sea trawling

EC propose ban on deep sea trawling

The deep ocean environment is perhaps the most important and least understood of the planet’s natural habitats. But in the west of Scotland it has been targeted by foreign fishing trawlers that drag heavy nets across the seabed, damaging everything in their path. The European Commission (EC) has proposed a ban which the fishing industry, […]

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Bass bag limit proposed by EU

Bass bag limit proposed by EU

The Commission’s proposal for fishing opportunities next year includes for the first time a measure aimed at recreational fishers – a bag limit of only one bass. So once again, a ‘government’ proposes to favour the commercial sector by limiting opportunities for the recreational sector whilst at the same time not giving the recreational sector […]

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Electrofishing for Razor Clams Report

Electrofishing for Razor Clams Report

Trawling and tank based trials were conducted to assess whether electrofishing (which is currently prohibited under EU regulations) for razor clams Ensis siliqua and E. arquatus affects survival and behaviour patterns in Ensis spp. and non-target species. The results suggest that electrofishing for razor clams does not have immediate or short term lethal effects, or […]

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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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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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REVIVE THE CLYDE – November Meetings

REVIVE THE CLYDE – November Meetings

SSACN and the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT www.sift-uk.org) will be hosting a series of angler meetings to discuss the “Revive The Clyde Campaign” (www.revivetheclyde.org) which is being run by SIFT to highlight the state of the Clyde fishery. These meetings are for anglers and other groups, including politicians, who support sea angling and the […]

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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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