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Conserving Scottish wild salmon

Conserving Scottish wild salmon

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION. Following a petition last year set up by Ian Gordon which attracted over 20,000 signatures the Scottish Government has now introduced a conservation measure from the 2015 season banning any killing of salmon before 1st April. However, due to what Ian feels to be a very positive political […]

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SSTP tope re-captured off Sicily

SSTP tope re-captured off Sicily

Recently a researcher at the Italian Institute for Coastal and Marine Environment got in touch with us about a tope a local fisherman had caught. Amazingly the tope in question had been tagged by the Stuart Cresswel in Luce Bay in June 2009 and had been re-caught more than five years later in the fisherman’s trammel […]

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MCS Scallop Petition

MCS Scallop Petition

The Scottish Government is consulting on new management controls to help protect king scallop stocks around Scotland and ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery. This follows a consultation in 2012 which highlighted that there are regions in Scotland where fishing effort should be restricted or cut and measures should be taken to increase the […]

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COAST wins national award

COAST wins national award

The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) has picked up a prestigious national award for its marine conservation work. Recognised worldwide as one of the Uk’s leading community conservation groups, COAST has been acknowledged for its outstanding success in promoting sustainable marine management around Arran by winning the 2014 nature of Scotland award for marine […]

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Now Hiring– Community Outreach Project Officer

Now Hiring– Community Outreach Project Officer

An integral part of our work is our Community Outreach Programme which has proved very successful and to date has been delivered to more than 2,600 individuals of all ages by SSACN volunteers. Now thanks to funding support from Marine Scotland we are in a position to recruit a Project Officer on an initial 9 […]

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Governments

Fisheries Ministers won’t protect bass

Fisheries Ministers won’t protect bass

Once again the commercial lobby and ministers have put national interest before the protection of a species at risk. With ICES calling for an 80% reduction in bass landings, how bad do things have to get before something is done ? According to UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice : “I was disappointed no decision was […]

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Solway – Case Study in Celtic Seas Project

Solway – Case Study in Celtic Seas Project

The Solway has been chosen as a case study by the Celtic Seas Partnership Project. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires countries to work together to manage the marine environment in a collaborative way if our seas are to be healthy and activities, sustainable and they need to be managed in a coordinated way that […]

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Draft National Marine Plan

Draft National Marine Plan

The draft National Marine Plan was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 11 December 2014.  You can view or download the National Marine Plan (NMP) here and GIS data for the NMP can be found here. A new webpage will be hosted on the Scottish Government website  to make the wide variety of material available […]

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Scottish West Coast Public MPA Meetings

Scottish West Coast Public MPA Meetings

As you may or may not be aware, a several new Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) have recently been accepted. SSACN recently attended a consultation where management options were proposed for all the west coast MPA’s in addition to some suggested management changes for a few Special Areas of Conservation (SAC’s). We are now at the […]

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Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Public MPA Meeting

Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Public MPA Meeting

Please click here for a link to the dates and locations of the next meetings. SSACN proposed an MPA for Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura in order to protect the Critically Endangered common skate. We are delighted that this has been accepted but we are keen to see the MPA managed in the right […]

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Commercial sectors

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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Illegal fishing in Arran MPA

Illegal fishing in Arran MPA

Illegal commercial fishing at the South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA) has resulted in an urgent Marine Conservation Order (MCO) being brought in to protect a fragile underwater ecosystem off Arran. This is the first time such powers from the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 have been used. The Scottish government said the order would protect […]

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A lesson from Norway and Russia

A lesson from Norway and Russia

Prime cod fishing grounds have been depleted or wiped out by overfishing and poor management. But in Arctic waters, Norway and Russia are working cooperatively to sustain a highly productive — and profitable — northern cod fishery where nothing is wasted  skin, fins, bones, offal, or roe. Fresh tongues are sent straight to Oslo, whole […]

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More money for Scottish Inshore Fisheries Groups

More money for Scottish Inshore Fisheries Groups

Once again sea angling has missed out on European money as more is funnelled into the commercial sector. £1.4 million of funding is heading to Inshore Fisheries Groups (IFG) for new research projects that will aim to secure a sustainable future for inshore commercial sector. The funding, which is delivered in partnership with the European […]

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Scottish and UK fisheries ministers respond to SFF questions on independence.

Scottish and UK fisheries ministers respond to SFF questions on independence.

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has received replies from both the Scottish and UK fisheries ministers providing their answers to key questions on the implications for fishing  should there be constitutional change. In the SFF’s letter to Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead, and UK Fisheries Minister, George Eustace, the Federation underlined that […]

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Other Recent Posts

Analytics to help understand marine networks

Analytics to help understand marine networks

Scientists at Heriot-Watt University will use the kind of computing algorithms more commonly associated with Google search engines to uncover and record the complex relationships which exist across Scotland’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). A new study by the University will use computer models to map ocean currents and larvae movement around Scotland’s coast after which […]

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Inshore Manager Plays ‘Teacher’ On Chefs’ Angling Trip

Inshore Manager Plays ‘Teacher’ On Chefs’ Angling Trip

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 – Source: Seafood Scotland Seafood Scotland’s Inshore Manager Craig Burton was ‘all at sea’ recently, when he joined an angling trip for eight chefs from the Glasgow Hilton, hosted by Campbell Brothers Fish. Onboard Ronnie Campbell’s Laura Dawn, fishing in Loch Etive out of Oban, Craig pitted his angling skills […]

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The Marine Charter

The Marine Charter

Our seas and their amazing wildlife need better protection. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is working with NGOs, through Wildlife and Countryside Link, to ask politicians to sign the Marine Protected Area Charter. The Marine Charter calls for the swift designation of a well-managed network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in UK seas by 2016. […]

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REVIVE THE CLYDE – November Meetings

REVIVE THE CLYDE – November Meetings

SSACN and the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT www.sift-uk.org) will be hosting a series of angler meetings to discuss the “Revive The Clyde Campaign” (www.revivetheclyde.org) which is being run by SIFT to highlight the state of the Clyde fishery. These meetings are for anglers and other groups, including politicians, who support sea angling and the […]

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Predator loss destabilizes Marine Communities

Predator loss destabilizes Marine Communities

Scientists have long suspected that sharks and other predators were important, not because they are charismatic but because they bring balance to the overall marine community. But direct, empirical evidence for this has been lacking. Now, a study of the Mediterranean Sea published on September 16, 2014 in the journal Ecology Letters shows that reducing […]

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