Interesting articles

2016 Nature Photographer of the Year

2016 Nature Photographer of the Year

National Geographic has selected the winners of its 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year competition. This year’s grand prize winner was Greg Lecoeur’s ‘Sardine Run.’ The image gives a good idea of what the seas off the West coast of Scotland were like when the herring were plentiful. During the sardine migration along the Wild […]

Continue Reading

Bass stocks are dangerously low

Bass stocks are dangerously low

            From the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Despite years of warnings and efforts to reduce bass catches, we’re still taking too many. Scientists say that no bass should be caught in 2017 to allow the population of this favourite fish to start to recover. Achieving a truly zero catch will […]

Continue Reading

Angling Trust Dossier on Inshore Netting Reform

Angling Trust Dossier on Inshore Netting Reform

The Angling Trust has today published a comprehensive report calling for far greater protection for Britain’s estuaries and for a radical overhaul of the outdated rules governing inshore netting, which is doing huge damage to juvenile fish stocks and endangering the survival of important species such as bass, mullet, salmon and seatrout.

Continue Reading

Meet our new project officer: Amie Williams

Meet our new project officer: Amie Williams

Edward Wright; our present Project Officer has done a superb job at the helm of the tagging programme during the last three years but he feels it is time to move on. Ed is planning to travel the world with his partner Nuria. The trustees of SSACN would like to thank Ed for his commitment […]

Continue Reading

SSACN Outreach

Angel shark article

Angel shark article

  Angel sharks have the same colour and pattern as sand on the sea floor This allows them to bury themselves and hide from  unsuspecting prey When food swims by, it raises the front half of its body out of the sand It opens its jaws, lunges forward and snags the prey with its needle-like […]

Continue Reading

Outreach Newsletter August 2016

Outreach Newsletter August 2016

SSACN’s Outreach Team would like to welcome you to the August 2016 edition of our Outreach newsletter – download it here – which is packed with news of our recent activities – we are sure that you will find some items of interest and look forward to seeing you at one of our Events in […]

Continue Reading

Oban Festival of the Sea

Oban Festival of the Sea

SSACN Outreach will be at the Oban Festival Of The Sea on the 28th/29th May 2016. The festival will be based at the Rockfield Community Centre in the centre of Oban where there will be a market weekend with lots of seafood to try and food, cosmetics and craft products to buy and talks and […]

Continue Reading

Capturing Our Coast

Capturing Our Coast

Our outreach project officer Samantha had a fantastic time on Sunday training with Marine Conservation Society for the new UK wide citizen science project Capturing Our Coast (CoCoast). SSACN can now incorporate seashore surveys into our rockpool rambles to gather important data on marine species along the UK coastline!

Continue Reading

UK Governments

A better deal for Bass ?

A better deal for Bass ?

EU fisheries ministers came up with a deal that recognises that targeted netting for threatened bass stocks is no longer an acceptable form of fishing. At the ‘Fishing Opportunities’ meeting for 2017, proposals from the EU Commission calling for an end to netting for bass – which had the wholehearted support of recreational fishing organisations […]

Continue Reading

Richard Benyon supports BASS campaign

Richard Benyon supports BASS campaign

Former Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon MP has thrown his weight behind the combined Angling Trust, BASS and Save Our Sea Bass campaign for a ban on bass netting. Across Northern Europe sea bass stocks are in deep trouble because of commercial overfishing and the repeated failure of politicians and fishery managers to follow scientific advice […]

Continue Reading

Wild Seaweed Harvesting Consultation

Wild Seaweed Harvesting Consultation

The Wild Seaweed Harvesting: Strategic Environmental Assessment – Environmental Report has been published on the Scottish Government web site. It can be found on the webpage; http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/11/6869 . There is a public consultation associated with this report. The Consultation on Wild Seaweed Harvesting started today, 22 November 2016 and will end on Friday, 15 February […]

Continue Reading

Marine Scotland to hold consultation on electrofishing for razor clams in Scotland

Marine Scotland to hold consultation on electrofishing for razor clams in Scotland

Marine Scotland are holding a consultation  about electrofishing for razor clams in Scotland. This practise is illegal under EU law and the government would seek a derogation to allow the practise. https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/digital-communications/electrofishing-for-razor-clams The Scottish Government paper states Regardless of the method of fishing, it is clear that the level of fishing activity and removal rate […]

Continue Reading

Commercial Fishing

Commercials alleged to be fishing in MPAs

Commercials alleged to be fishing in MPAs

Once again the commercial sector shows its contempt for any attempt to regenerate the marine environment. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said there had been "reports of alleged incursions" into MPAs and Police Scotland have confirmed an investigation is under way following allegations of intimidation of creel fishermen in Loch Fyne by the mobile sector […]

Continue Reading

Commercial discards would feed 2 million

Commercial discards would feed 2 million

Fishers have been urged by the Scottish Government to “respond positively to” the discard ban and help stop the wastage of enough catch to feed 2million people, the equivalent to the entire population of Macedonia, Slovenia or Botswana Speaking recently, Mr Lochhead said Holyrood was working with the industry, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other bodies […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

Clasina scallop dredger

Clasina scallop dredger

A scalloper from Dumfries in Scarborough harbour.

Continue Reading

EU Government

A better deal for Bass ?

A better deal for Bass ?

EU fisheries ministers came up with a deal that recognises that targeted netting for threatened bass stocks is no longer an acceptable form of fishing. At the ‘Fishing Opportunities’ meeting for 2017, proposals from the EU Commission calling for an end to netting for bass – which had the wholehearted support of recreational fishing organisations […]

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

Bag limits for bass in the Solway / East Coast areas

Bag limits for bass in the Solway / East Coast areas

Anglers fishing for bass in Area VIIa (roughly the Solway area) and Area IVb (East coast up to Fraserburgh) will now be restricted to a bag limit of 3 fish. This comes in effect following Council Regulation (EU) 2015/523 of 25 March 2015 amending Regulations (EU) No 43/2014 and (EU) 2015/104 as regards certain fishing […]

Continue Reading

Shark Bites

Hydrolagus trolli

Hydrolagus trolli

Click on the image to access a video showing a pointy-nosed blue chimaera, also known as a "ghost shark", caught on video for the first time by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute while on dives up to 6,700 feet (2,042 meters) below the sea off the coast of California. The video serves […]

Continue Reading

Angel shark article

Angel shark article

  Angel sharks have the same colour and pattern as sand on the sea floor This allows them to bury themselves and hide from  unsuspecting prey When food swims by, it raises the front half of its body out of the sand It opens its jaws, lunges forward and snags the prey with its needle-like […]

Continue Reading

Skate Conundrum in Orkney!

Skate Conundrum in Orkney!

The SSTP recently attended a workshop on the common skate in Orkney, held by SNH and Marine Scotland science. The Orkney representation was the Council, Heriot Watt University, the Orkney Fishing Association and the Orkney Skate Trust. There is a conundrum concerning the skate purses that literally wash up empty in their hundreds on certain […]

Continue Reading

Greenland shark “longest living vertebrate”!

Greenland shark “longest living vertebrate”!

Greenland sharks are now the longest-living vertebrates known on Earth, scientists say. Researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine the ages of 28 of the animals, and estimated that one female was about 400 years old. The team found that the sharks grow at just 1cm a year, and reach sexual maturity at about the age […]

Continue Reading