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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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Help ZSL save Angel Sharks in The Canaries

Help ZSL save Angel Sharks in The Canaries

The Zoological Society has been shortlisted for funding by the European Outdoor Conservation Association to help conserve the Critically Endangered Angel Shark in the Canary Islands. The project is one of 21 in three categories that the public can vote for with the winner of each group receiving €30,000. Anyone and everyone can vote but only […]

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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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Celebrating Scotlands Sharks 2015 Part 1

Celebrating Scotlands Sharks 2015 Part 1

Saturday the 14th of March saw the successful completion of 2015’s Celebrating Scotland’s Sharks (CSS) part 1. The event, held at SeaLife Loch Lomond, was an opportunity to trial new classroom based activities for children based around the six senses of sharks. Throughout the day more than 50 children participated in activities designed to teach […]

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MPA concerns conveyed to Minister

MPA concerns conveyed to Minister

SSACN and representatives of 7 other organisations who recently made separate submissions to the public consultation on the management of MPAs and SACs have jointly written to Cabinet Secretary Lochhead expressing concerns that the guidance for developing the management of MPAs has been interpreted in a way which risks diluting the measures such that they […]

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Governments

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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Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)

Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)

The Scottish Government, DEFRA, the Northern Ireland executive and the Welsh Government are seeking views on the UK’s proposed programme of measures to maintain or achieves Good Environmental Status (GES) in their seas by 2020. The consultation covers proposals for programme of measures for each of the 11 MSFD descriptors. These relate to biological diversity, […]

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Commercial sectors

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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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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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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