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Summer Angling Festival

Summer Angling Festival

SSACN are pleased to announce their SUMMER ANGLING FESTIVAL, the event will be held on the weekend of 3rd, 4th, 5th June 2016 (Friday till Sunday) and will this year be held from a single base at Sands of Luce Holiday Park, Sandhead. The event will encompass Sharkatag, Boat and Shore Species Hunts, Pegged Shore […]

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Scotland’s MPA network at risk

Scotland’s MPA network at risk

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and Clyde Fishermen’s Association stand accused by West Coast community groups of bullying the public and engaging in scare tactics in a bid to derail the Scottish Government’s implementation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Jamie McGrigor MSP (Cons) is attempting to have fisheries management measures for 14 MPAs (including one around […]

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SSACN AGM

SSACN AGM

Our AGM this year will be held on 16/02/16 – 7pm  at the Pleasantfield Bar 144 Ayr Rd, Prestwick, Ayrshire KA9 1TS. If any one would like to propose an amendment to SSACN’s constitution or any other form of resolution, please ensure it is received by the 08/02/16  – just use the form on the  […]

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Harbour porpoise MPAs being sacrificed for wind farms

Harbour porpoise MPAs being sacrificed for wind farms

Sunday Herald article in full here. Plans to protect endangered porpoises around the Scottish coast have been blocked by the Scottish Government to help clear the way for new offshore wind farms, according to internal government emails seen by the Sunday Herald. Senior wildlife advisors have privately accused the government’s Marine Scotland directorate of displaying […]

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Prawn lobby attack on Scotland’s MPAs

Prawn lobby attack on Scotland’s MPAs

Not satisfied with having squeezed Scotland’s Marine Protected Area network to a mere 3.5% of Scottish waters during 5 years of consultations, the Clyde-led prawn lobby is now seeking to have even this modest area annulled via the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee (RACCE) next Wednesday. This is a serious challenge to the democratically elected […]

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Governments

Draft Wild Fisheries Strategy: a consultation

Draft Wild Fisheries Strategy: a consultation

This consultation is designed to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the approach currently being taken as the Government continue to develop the legislative provisions for a Wild Fisheries (Scotland) Bill. The easiest way to access and respond to the consultation is through the Scottish Government’s online consultation tool – Citizen Space. You […]

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Tackling unlicensed commercial fishing

Tackling unlicensed commercial fishing

Fisheries Secretary introduces new measures. Catch limits will be set for key shellfish species to prevent and deter unlicensed fishermen from selling their catch illegally, Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said today. Last year the Scottish Government consulted on a number of measures to tackle the longstanding issue of fishermen selling their catch without a licence. […]

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UK Fisheries Minister under fire

UK Fisheries Minister under fire

Fisheries Minister George Eustice, who has been strongly criticised by UK angling organisations for caving in to pressure from commercial fishing interests and supporting exemptions to the European Union bass fishing moratorium for the highly damaging bass gill net fishery, is now under fire for making false claims for the impacts on threatened stocks as […]

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23 new Marine Conservation Zones for England

23 new Marine Conservation Zones for England

The UK Government has announced the creation of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around the coast of England. These zones are the second of three tranches of sites to be considered for protection as part of a larger project to create a coherent network of marine protected areas around the coast of the UK. […]

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Wild salmon conservation update

Wild salmon conservation update

Environment Minister confirms changes. Following extensive consultation Environment Minister Aileen McLeod has confirmed a number of changes to regulate the killing of wild salmon in Scotland. The regulations will be laid today with the measures coming into force on April 1. Key aspects are: Killing outwith estuary limits will be prohibited for three years due […]

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Commercial sectors

New measures for shell fishermen

New measures for shell fishermen

SCOTLAND, UK – Catch limits will be set for key shellfish species to prevent and deter unlicensed fishermen from selling their catch illegally, said Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead. Last year the Scottish Government consulted on a number of measures to tackle the longstanding issue of fishermen selling their catch without a licence. After taking into […]

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Clasina scallop dredger

Clasina scallop dredger

A scalloper from Dumfries in Scarborough harbour.

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Professional commercial fishermen ?

Professional commercial fishermen ?

According to the CFA Facebook page when referring to COAST they say  “ we have always remained professional …. will remain respectful of their opinions,  whilst not agreeing with them.” After the events of the other day at Holyrood, it would seem that the CFA are not willing to extend that attitude and approach to […]

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Using lumpsuckers in £2.9M project

Using lumpsuckers in £2.9M project

A group of academic, government and aquaculture industry bodies have unveiled projects worth £2.9 million to increase the use of “cleaner fish” in the Scottish salmon industry. Led by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), the research will focus on lumpsuckers, a species that eats sea lice, a parasite that feeds on both wild and […]

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Razor clam fishermen caught

Razor clam fishermen caught

A group of fishermen caught illegally electrocuting razor clams earlier this month during a night-time raid are now facing prosecution or fines of up to £10,000. As enforcement officers from Marine Scotland approached a boat in the Sound of Jura in the early hours of September 10, fishing gear was unceremoniously dumped overboard. It has […]

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Professional commercial fishermen ?

Professional commercial fishermen ?

According to the CFA Facebook page when referring to COAST they say  “ we have always remained professional …. will remain respectful of their opinions,  whilst not agreeing with them.” After the events of the other day at Holyrood, it would seem that the CFA are not willing to extend that attitude and approach to […]

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Tagging on Border TV

Tagging on Border TV

Fiona Armstrong’s been on a shark tagging expedition with Ian Burrett at Port Logan on the Mull of Galloway – the southernmost point of Scotland. Fiona also interviews Edward Wright and Michelle Frost to learn about some of the misunderstandings associated with sharks and also their role in the overall marine environment. She catches a […]

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Frequent trawling leads to skinny fish

Frequent trawling leads to skinny fish

Trawling – dragging heavy gear over ocean bottoms in search of fish near the sea floor – is arguably one of the most destructive human practices. Removing fish from the sea for an ever-hungry, growing human population has consequences that include reducing fish populations and messing with the natural balance of the ocean’s food webs. […]

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Areas where 42cm size for bass applies

Areas where 42cm size for bass applies

Bass are one of the most important and valuable species to recreational angling and its dependent businesses. They were historically exploited primarily by recreational anglers until commercial fisheries for bass expanded dramatically in the 1960-70s. Now European bass stocks are in decline due to overfishing and poor recruitment in recent years. A bass multiannual management […]

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Time for a depth limit on trawling ?

Time for a depth limit on trawling ?

On September 28, The Conversation published an article: “Don’t fall for the deep-sea scaremongers – wild fishing is healthy and sustainable” by Magnus Johnson, a senior lecturer in Environmental Marine Biology at the University of Hull. The article criticised a paper by marine biologists at the University of Glasgow and Marine Science Scotland on the […]

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