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Shark Angler Recording Project

Shark Angler Recording Project

To better understand and manage shark, skate and ray fisheries  as much as possible needs to known about their populations and movements.  in 2010 the Shark Trust initiated a pilot project in the SW of England asking anglers to record all sharks, skates and rays they catch. In 2014, the Angler Recording Project is now […]

International Marine Conservation Congress

International Marine Conservation Congress

We are pleased to announce that an abstract submitted by SSACN has been accepted by the International Marine Conservation Congress for an oral presentation. The 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress, with the theme Making Marine Science Matter, will be held from 14-18 August 2014 at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Our talk will […]

MASTS community project on Elasmobranchs

MASTS community project on Elasmobranchs

Funding has been secured for a MASTS community project on Elasmobranchs to be known as SIORC (Gaelic for shark). The objective of the project is to collate existing sources of elasmobranch data to provide the strongest scientific evidence base for stakeholders to (1) apply policy-making and (2) prioritise a research conservation agenda for elasmobranchs in […]

Illegal razor fish seized

Illegal razor fish seized

Environmental Officers in Oban seized some £40,000 worth of illegal razor clams when a vehicle containing them was stopped by officers at Oban Ferry Terminal on its way from the island of Barra to Hong Kong. Apparently the razor fish had been harvested in unclassified waters around Barra or the Isle of Uist and are […]

Clyde 2020 Debate

Clyde 2020 Debate

Following the lunch held by SIFT at The Scottish Parliament in January, they co-drafted a Motion for a Members Business Debate sponsored by Kenneth Gibson MSP on the future management of the Firth of Clyde with the aim of ensuring it has Good Environmental Status by 2020. The Motion received cross party support with 43 […]

Governments

EU to fund commercial sector to get into sea angling

EU to fund commercial sector to get into sea angling

Whilst governments continue to ignore the interests of sea angling they are quite happy to provide the commercial sector with funding to get involved in it. In the latest example, at the EU, the Directorate General for Internal Policies urged fishermen to embrace tourism and speaking after the meeting in Brussels, Struan Stevenson MEP, Conservative […]

Call for deep sea trawling ban

Call for deep sea trawling ban

According to an article by Les Watling in Nature industry interests should not be allowed to derail a European Union vote on whether to prohibit a destructive fishing technique. This month, the European Union (EU) is scheduled to vote on a proposed ban on deep-sea bottom trawling. If passed, the ban would be the first […]

The state of the Clyde debated in Holyrood

The state of the Clyde debated in Holyrood

A members’ business debate on motion S4M-08449, in the name of Kenneth Gibson, on Clyde 2020. The Motion debated – That the Parliament acknowledges the commitment of Scottish ministers to meet the requirement under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive to bring the Clyde up to Good Environmental Status by 2020; recognises the substantial economic, social […]

Shark cull to start in WA

Shark cull to start in WA

Since the Western Australian (WA) Government announced plans to cull White Sharks in December it has been a controversial and widely debated topic with school children from as far away as Canada writing the WA Premier to ask for the scientific evidence to support such a cull. Following seven shark related deaths in WA waters […]

Value of Sea Angling 2012

Value of Sea Angling 2012

The final report of the English project Sea Angling 2012 – a survey of recreational sea angling activity and economic value in England was released on 27 November 2013. Sea Angling 2012 was an English government-sponsored project to provide data on recreational sea angling that can help improve the scientific understanding of fish stocks off […]

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Discards–Seafish Series

Discards–Seafish Series

Discards are those parts of the catch that are returned to the sea.  The level of discarding varies widely between fisheries, and within fisheries; in some they are almost negligible, others may discard more than they retain, up to 80% in certain fisheries. There are many different reasons for discarding but the major reasons are […]

Identification issues in Smooth-hound from the north-east Atlantic

Identification issues in Smooth-hound from the north-east Atlantic

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Smoothhound

In the following posts Dr Edward Farrell, chairman of the Irish Elasmobranch Group, Co-regional Vice Chair of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group and member of the European Elasmobranch Association Scientific Committee will discuss his work on the identification issues surrounding smooth-hound in the north-east Atlantic. As many anglers fish for and tag smooth-hound so we […]

Starry Smooth-hound or Common Smooth-hound?

Starry Smooth-hound or Common Smooth-hound?

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Smoothhound

Dr Farrell discusses some identification issues surrounding smooth-hound species in north-east Atlantic waters and the work he has carried out in an attempt to resolve these issues. Species Identification and Biology The first and main question that always seems to arise when talking about smooth-hounds is “what species is it?” There are many species of […]

Biology and Management of Starry Smooth-hound in the NE Atlantic

Biology and Management of Starry Smooth-hound in the NE Atlantic

In this article, Dr Farrell discusses the progression of his research on starry smooth-hound (after clearing up the identification confusion!) and the implications his research might have on future management of smooth-hound populations in the north-east Atlantic. Current Fishery and Management Resolving the identification issues of Northeast Atlantic smooth-hounds greatly simplified the next part of […]

Lunchtime Event at Holyrood

Lunchtime Event at Holyrood

Firstly we showed an extract from a video which was developed with the cooperation of businesses in Drummore in which they discussed the impact of the depletion of stocks on the long term viability of the community. The extract (90MB) is available here and the full video is available on request. This was followed by […]

Commercial sectors

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) […]

Banff commercials cheat and prosper

Banff commercials cheat and prosper

A commercial fishing vessel skipper and 2 fish salesmen were sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court last week following an investigation carried out by England’s Marine Management Organisation (MMO). In 2010, MMO officers became suspicious that fish were being landed and not correctly recorded at several ports in the North East, an investigation was launched by […]

Possible legal challenges to overfishing

Possible legal challenges to overfishing

A new report by the University of the West of England (UWE) says that new changes to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) could lead to previously unfeasible legal challenges by campaign groups if scientific advice on fish stocks is not followed. Maximum Sustainable Yields (MSY) are calculated and provided by scientists for commercial species which […]

Stealth tax that says to hell with North Sea cod stocks

Stealth tax that says to hell with North Sea cod stocks

Through the government body Seafish, the public is paying lobbyists to torpedo a campaign to protect the natural world. Seafish – its full name is the Seafish Industry Authority – says two things about itself: it "represents the UK seafood industry" and it’s a "government body" – can it be both ? Obviously not, so […]

Report reveals illegal shark fishing

Report reveals illegal shark fishing

A total of up to 24 countries would be catching sharks in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean without declaring these catches, contravening the rules of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). This was revealed in a report released on Tuesday by Oceana at the 23rd Regular Meeting of ICCAT that is […]

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Tesco stop Salmon campaign

Tesco stop Salmon campaign

| April 7, 2014

Tesco has had to stop its ‘100% Scottish’ salmon campaign after admitting that some of its products were imported from Norway. Stores across the UK had been promoting their Scottish farmed salmon products with a raft of Scottish emblems, flags and slogans, however, the ‘Scottishness’ of the promotion has had to be scaled down after […]

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Will gas cavern discharge affect skate ?

Will gas cavern discharge affect skate ?

| March 18, 2014

MARINE Conservation NI has listed 13 reasons why it is bitterly opposed to plans that would see vast amounts of highly concentrated brine pumped into the sea near Islandmagee. While planning permission for a proposed £400m natural gas storage facility at Larne Lough has been approved by Environment Minister Alex Attwood, developers Islandmagee Storage Limited […]

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Alien invaders in the Solway

Alien invaders in the Solway

| March 14, 2014

Request your copy of a pocket ID guide from info@solwayfirthpartnership.co.uk or visit their site at www.solwayfirthpartnership.co.uk

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Skating to the Maidens

Skating to the Maidens

| February 21, 2014

A common skate (tag# 1683) initially tagged in the Firth of Lorn (Oban area) was recaptured 110 miles away and 20 months later at the Maidens. The Maidens is an area containing two islets and several skerries in the North Channel off County Antrim in Northern Ireland.

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Tagging on the BBC’s The One Show

Tagging on the BBC’s The One Show

| February 12, 2014

Mike Dilger, from BBC’s The One Show, joins Ian Burrett on a fishing trip to catch and tag Common Skate for the long-term scientific study run by SSACN’s Scottish Shark Tagging Programme . You can view the programme here.

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