Interesting articles

Outreach at Ullapool

Outreach at Ullapool

SSACN Outreach will be running a pop up event at Ullapool pier Saturday afternoon (1st August) along with our local hub leaders! Keep your eyes peeled for our feather flags and do stop by to explore what we discover in our nets!!!

Continue Reading

Cumbrae BioBlitz

Cumbrae BioBlitz

On Sunday the 26th of July we attended the 2015 Bio Blitz at the Marine Biological Research Station in Millport, Cumbrae where the Team ran a drop net and ID session on the main Pier and installed a display stand at the Research Centre. From very early on we had a good range of species […]

Continue Reading

Cumbrae BioBlitz

Cumbrae BioBlitz

SSACN Outreach will be supporting the Millport BioBlitz activity on Sunday the 26th July by running a drop net and sea angling session off the pier at Millport to demonstrate the diversity of marine life in the area. Other activities will be led by expert botanists, bat ecologists, marine biologists and bird enthusiasts. Full details […]

Continue Reading

SEL Summary of the MPA process

SEL Summary of the MPA process

There is a lot of noise around the MPAs right now. Some (not all) commercial fishing groups are criticising the MPA process at a crucial stage and basically saying that had they known what the outcome was, they wouldn’t have contributed so freely, perhaps not even taken part. The SEL blog has attempted to chart […]

Continue Reading

£1.7 million grant to protect UK’s marine life

£1.7 million grant to protect UK’s marine life

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF),  who part fund the SSTP, has awarded £1.7 million to “Capturing our Coast”, a project designed to explore how the marine environment is responding to global climate change. The project will train over 3,000 volunteers – making it the largest experimental marine citizen science project ever undertaken in the UK.  […]

Continue Reading

Governments

New restrictions on scallop dredging

New restrictions on scallop dredging

The Scottish Government has announced additional restrictions on scallop fishing in a long awaited attempt to protect stocks. The measures, which include an increased minimum landing size and a limit on the number of dredges that can be used in inshore waters should help to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery. Fisheries Secretary Richard […]

Continue Reading

EU finally agrees bass measures

EU finally agrees bass measures

Following several successive years of stock decline and a vigorous campaign by recreational angling organisations, the countries of the EU have finally agreed to raise the minimum size at which bass can be harvested by both commercial and recreational fisherman. As usual the politicians and commercial sector have followed their usual line – spending years […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

Commercial sectors

New restrictions on scallop dredging

New restrictions on scallop dredging

The Scottish Government has announced additional restrictions on scallop fishing in a long awaited attempt to protect stocks. The measures, which include an increased minimum landing size and a limit on the number of dredges that can be used in inshore waters should help to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery. Fisheries Secretary Richard […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

Other Recent Posts

Flat and round fish ID

Flat and round fish ID

To help Outreach participants and anglers identify some of the more common species there is a downloadable information sheet here.

Continue Reading

Petition to end personal allowance of shark fins

Petition to end personal allowance of shark fins

HELP CLOSE A LOOPHOLE THAT’S DRIVING SHARKS TO EXTINCTION Right now it’s LEGAL for anyone travelling to Europe to bring 20kg of dried shark fins as part of their personal import allowance. It’s enough to make 705 bowls of shark fin soup. For the survival of sharks the law must change. Bite-Back, the UK shark […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

£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 […]

Continue Reading