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Critically endangered common skate back on the menu?

Critically endangered common skate back on the menu?

MBA scientists recently published a correspondence in Nature describing apparent landings of the critically endangered common skate (Dipturus batis) across different UK ports between 2011 and 2014 amounting to 9.6 tonnes despite an EU-wide ban being in place since 2009. These figures were buried in the official UK landings data for species-specific skate landings data. The […]

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Pollution threat to Irish/Scottish Orca

Pollution threat to Irish/Scottish Orca

A pod of orca which regularly swims in Irish and Scottish waters is feared to be in danger of dying out due to pollution. While several different groups of orca have been spotted off Ireland and Scotland over the years, it is thought that members of this pod — who have been given nicknames such […]

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COAST’s Howard Wood wins Goldman Environmental Prize

COAST’s Howard Wood wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Congratulations go to Howard Wood for receiving an International award for COAST’s (Community of Arran Seabed Trust) marine restoration campaign. Howard Wood, chairman and co-founder of COAST has been awarded the highly prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his work with COAST’s community of marine volunteers promoting sustainable management of Arran’s seas. It is the first […]

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Bass bag limit briefing

Bass bag limit briefing

From an Angling Trust article WHY HAS THE BAG LIMIT BEEN INTRODUCED? In 2014 the International Council for Exploration of the Seas (ICES) – which produces independent international scientific advice on fishing – advised landings of bass to be reduced by approximately 80 per cent due to successive years of recruitment failure, increasing commercial landings […]

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EU RecFishing Forum launched

EU RecFishing Forum launched

On the 25th of March, the Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment was launched in the European Parliament. The launch event, entitled “Why do we need to talk about Recreational Fisheries in the European Parliament? Economics, Environment and Rural Development”, was the first occasion for the several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) present […]

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Governments

Ireland Confirms Two Bass Daily Bag Limit

Ireland Confirms Two Bass Daily Bag Limit

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has confirmed that Bass Fishing Conservation S.I. No. 826 OF 2007 remains in force and imposes a bag limit of two bass in any one period of 24 hours. The Irish bye-law also places a ban on angling for bass during the spawning season, which runs from 15th May to the […]

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Scottish Marine Plan published

Scottish Marine Plan published

Scotland’s first ever National Marine Plan has been published by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead. The plan sets out a single statutory planning framework for all marine activity in Scottish waters. This will include policies for the sustainable management of a wide range of marine industries, including those which are long established such as fishing […]

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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 […]

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Who’d have believed it !

Who’d have believed it !

A recent report into the Effects of Codend Mesh Size and Twine Number on Nephrops Selectivity has come up with some amazing conclusions :   The selectivity of Nephrops improves as the mesh size increases from 80 to 100 and to 120 mm. Similarly, more juvenile whiting and haddock also escape as the mesh size […]

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Anglers Get New Voice In European Parliament

Anglers Get New Voice In European Parliament

Anglers now have a new voice in Europe thanks to the establishment of the ‘Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment’ in the European Parliament which was launched in Brussels on the 25/03/15. The event was the first opportunity for the many Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) present to meet representatives of the European […]

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Commercial sectors

Critically endangered common skate back on the menu?

Critically endangered common skate back on the menu?

MBA scientists recently published a correspondence in Nature describing apparent landings of the critically endangered common skate (Dipturus batis) across different UK ports between 2011 and 2014 amounting to 9.6 tonnes despite an EU-wide ban being in place since 2009. These figures were buried in the official UK landings data for species-specific skate landings data. The […]

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UK worst in EU for ignoring advice

UK worst in EU for ignoring advice

Britain is ignoring scientific advice on protecting fish stocks and permitting more overfishing this year than any other European Union country, according to the New Economics Foundation (NEF) with cod, mackerel, blue whiting and pollock accounting for most of Britain’s “quota above scientific advice”. The quota set for UK fishing fleets in 2015 exceeds the […]

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Pulse trawling – No hiding place

Pulse trawling – No hiding place

Pulse trawling uses electricity to flush flatfish or shrimp out of the sediments in which they hide. The electric shock makes them convulse and flip upwards, into the net. However, many other fish also suffer fractured vertebrae and internal hemorrhages, leading to death. These other fish that are not the intended targets but are killed […]

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Emergency scallop dredging byelaw

Emergency scallop dredging byelaw

Tuesday 2 February 2015 – North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NEIFCA) implemented an emergency fisheries byelaw regulation prohibiting scallop dredging for a sixth month period throughout its district. Up until then, some 30 vessels were actively participating within the fishery with an equal number of applications and enquiries pending. Given the scale of […]

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Slavery on trawlers ?

Slavery on trawlers ?

Condensed from an article in the Daily Record With dwindling catches and wages, there are few people left in Scots fishing communities to go to sea which is why trawler owners have increasingly turned to foreign crews to keep the boats at sea. If these foreign workers do not come ashore, they are not subject […]

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Tagging Bluefin Tuna

Tagging Bluefin Tuna

An Isle of Harris fishing skipper and tourism operator who caught a 515lb Bluefin tuna in the Outer Hebrides waters back in 2013 recently starred on the Outdoor Channel’s Trev Gowdy’s Monsterfish programme – a channel is watched by 39 million viewers. Large Bluefin tuna have become more noticeable over recent years, chasing shoals of […]

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Steps to protecting Irish Bass

Steps to protecting Irish Bass

Commercial fishing for bass has been banned since 1990 in Ireland due to overfishing since the 60s. Today, the Irish bass fishery is saved but not totally restored. That’s why a 50 cm minimum landing size and one-fish bag limit has been approved in principle but not implemented as yet (awaiting the EU measures). Anglers […]

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Bass – Emergency Measure Regulation Published

Bass – Emergency Measure Regulation Published

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2015/111 of 26 January 2015 Establishing measures to alleviate a serious threat to the conservation of bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) stock in the Celtic Sea, Channel, Irish Sea and southern North Sea. Full text in 23 languages here. The final trawling ban area was extended to include ICES areas VIIj,k "to prevent displacement […]

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MPA & SAC Consultation Part 1

MPA & SAC Consultation Part 1

The public consultation on statutory management measures for Inshore SACs and MPAs closes on the 2nd of February 2015. SSACN are recommending that only sustainable methods such as creeling, hand diving for scallops and angling should be allowed inside MPAs and that all active / towed gear (trawls, dredged and hydraulic methods) should be excluded […]

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Wandering Star

Wandering Star

The Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP) has seen some amazing results during its 6 years off tagging sharks. Recently a common skate originally tagged, in an Irish tagging programme, in Ballycastle Bay Northern Ireland in March 2003, was recaptured twice by anglers fishing off the Scottish coast after having been at liberty for 4182 days […]

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