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Could you be eating shark?

Could you be eating shark?

While conservationists have been aware for some time, following a Daily Mail investigation the public is starting to realise that they may in fact be eating sharks disguised as other fish. A Friday night staple in may homes around the UK, your fish and chips may not be quite as it seems. Rock Salmon or […]

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Sharkatag 2014

Sharkatag 2014

SSACN’s 6th annual Sharkatag event at the weekend was a fantastic success. The weather was superb for both days of the event and a good crowd of anglers were rewarded with some really good fish being taken and tagged if of a suitable size and of course all had their data recorded (especially the recaptures) […]

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SSACN’s proposed MPA’s successful

SSACN’s proposed MPA’s successful

The purpose of the Loch Sunart MPA is to facilitate the very differing management, monitoring and surveying requirements of conserving common skate. The common skate is the largest skate in the world. It was once found around the entire British coastline but unsustainable levels of fishing throughout the 19th and 20th centuries have reduced the […]

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Arran islanders welcome creation of South Arran MPA

Arran islanders welcome creation of South Arran MPA

Only community-led marine protected area in Scotland 24 July 2014, Lamlash:  Arran islanders and the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) have welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that the south of Arran is now a marine protected area (MPA). The South Arran MPA is unique in being the only MPA proposed and developed entirely by […]

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SHARKATAG 2014 IS GO

SHARKATAG 2014 IS GO

The weather forecast for this weekend’s re-scheduled Sharkatag Event is looking good so the event will proceed as planned on Saturday and Sunday with centres at Brighouse Bay Caravan site, Steam Packet Inn Isle Of Whithorn, Sands Of Luce Caravan Park Sandhead and the Clashwhannon Caravan Park at Drumore. Registrations will be open 1930 – […]

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Governments

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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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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Razor Fish electro rules tightened

Razor Fish electro rules tightened

But not yet ! Marine Scotland were supposed to be introducing measures by 1 July, they are now postponed until 1 August (or later ?). From a Scot Gov press release: Action to combat illegal fishing. Tougher licensing measures have been brought in to clamp down on the illegal practice of electro-fishing for razor clams. […]

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UK government ‘too slow’ on marine conservation

UK government ‘too slow’ on marine conservation

No surprise really !! Can’t afford to upset commercial interests. The development of conservation zones to protect the seas around the UK has been too slow, a group of MPs has said. Last year, the government designated 27 marine conservation zones in the UK, while a further 37 zones could be designated by the end […]

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Latest Consultations

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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Priority Marine Features

Priority Marine Features

Consultation on Priority Marine Features Start date 24/07/2013 – End date 13/11/2013 Marine Scotland is consulting on a number of proposals to take forward integrated marine planning for Scotland’s seas. The National Marine Plan proposes that Priority Marine Features should be specifically taken into account in future planning and decision making. The recommended list of […]

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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

CFP a failure

CFP a failure

| August 1, 2014

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, […]

Continue Reading

More money for Scottish Inshore Fisheries Groups

More money for Scottish Inshore Fisheries Groups

| August 1, 2014

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 […]

Continue Reading

Could you be eating shark?

Could you be eating shark?

| July 29, 2014

While conservationists have been aware for some time, following a Daily Mail investigation the public is starting to realise that they may in fact be eating sharks disguised as other fish. A Friday night staple in may homes around the UK, your fish and chips may not be quite as it seems. Rock Salmon or […]

Continue Reading

Sharkatag 2014

Sharkatag 2014

| July 25, 2014

SSACN’s 6th annual Sharkatag event at the weekend was a fantastic success. The weather was superb for both days of the event and a good crowd of anglers were rewarded with some really good fish being taken and tagged if of a suitable size and of course all had their data recorded (especially the recaptures) […]

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SSACN’s proposed MPA’s successful

SSACN’s proposed MPA’s successful

| July 24, 2014

The purpose of the Loch Sunart MPA is to facilitate the very differing management, monitoring and surveying requirements of conserving common skate. The common skate is the largest skate in the world. It was once found around the entire British coastline but unsustainable levels of fishing throughout the 19th and 20th centuries have reduced the […]

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