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Lamlash Bay boosts scallop population

Lamlash Bay boosts scallop population

A new study, published in Marine Biology, has found Scotland’s first and only community-led protected marine reserve is helping boost scallop numbers off the Isle of Arran coast, . Scientists discovered a “much higher” abundance of commercially important juvenile scallops inside Lamlash Bay over three years. The size and reproductive capacity of adult scallops was […]

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Tope – SSTP days at liberty record broken!

Tope – SSTP days at liberty record broken!

Whilst working on the database recently we came across an amazing new “days at liberty” record for a tope that had previously slipped our attention. Male Tope # 21161 was originally tagged in Luce Bay in June 2003 under the UK Shark Tagging Programme and was subsequently recaptured (also in Luce Bay) in October 2013. […]

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Questions asked about Sunart to Jura MPA in the house

Questions asked about Sunart to Jura MPA in the house

Given the shared disbelief among many Scottish NGO’s about Marine Scotland’s proposed changes to the our Marine Protected Areas and Special Areas of Conservation, it is vital that we put pressure on the Government to answer important questions about their plans. Only recently the Governments own Environmental Committee suggested Scotland’s Draft Marine Plan was unacceptable. Convener Rob […]

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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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Don’t take the P–The Video

Don’t take the P–The Video

Scotland’s seas need your help – see the video. We need to tell the Scottish Government: DontTakeTheP out of MPAs. Our seas should be managed for public benefit – but they are in ecological decline. We have two choices. We can either stick with the status-quo by zoning off just a few, small patches of […]

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Governments

US sea anglers get a voice in fisheries management

US sea anglers get a voice in fisheries management

America’s 11 million saltwater recreational anglers are to be given a voice on how their fisheries are managed. Scottish MSP’s and fisheries managers need to take note – you are stuck in the past, most other developed countries recognise the socio-economic benefits of sea angling, have a strategy in place for its development and directly […]

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“Europe slaughtering sea life in the name of science”

“Europe slaughtering sea life in the name of science”

Most people are rightly outraged by the deception of Japan through their whaling for “scientific purposes”. But, according to Guardian journalist George Monbiot, the same trick – the mass slaughter of the creatures of the sea under the guise of “scientific research” – is now being deployed under our noses. Our own government, alongside the […]

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The value of the 3 mile limit

The value of the 3 mile limit

A recent Government funded economic assessment for the management of the Scottish inshore fisheries estimated that there could be as much as a £1.3bn benefit for the Scottish economy over the next twenty years and a net gain of 1,490 new jobs for the economies of coastal communities. The Report identified that high impact fishing […]

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Questions asked about Sunart to Jura MPA in the house

Questions asked about Sunart to Jura MPA in the house

Given the shared disbelief among many Scottish NGO’s about Marine Scotland’s proposed changes to the our Marine Protected Areas and Special Areas of Conservation, it is vital that we put pressure on the Government to answer important questions about their plans. Only recently the Governments own Environmental Committee suggested Scotland’s Draft Marine Plan was unacceptable. Convener Rob […]

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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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Commercial sectors

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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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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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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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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