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Bass stocks are dangerously low

Bass stocks are dangerously low

            From the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Despite years of warnings and efforts to reduce bass catches, we’re still taking too many. Scientists say that no bass should be caught in 2017 to allow the population of this favourite fish to start to recover. Achieving a truly zero catch will […]

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Angling Trust Dossier on Inshore Netting Reform

Angling Trust Dossier on Inshore Netting Reform

The Angling Trust has today published a comprehensive report calling for far greater protection for Britain’s estuaries and for a radical overhaul of the outdated rules governing inshore netting, which is doing huge damage to juvenile fish stocks and endangering the survival of important species such as bass, mullet, salmon and seatrout.

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Meet our new project officer: Amie Williams

Meet our new project officer: Amie Williams

Edward Wright; our present Project Officer has done a superb job at the helm of the tagging programme during the last three years but he feels it is time to move on. Ed is planning to travel the world with his partner Nuria. The trustees of SSACN would like to thank Ed for his commitment […]

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SharkFest UK coming to Bristol September 2016

SharkFest UK coming to Bristol September 2016

This year marks the first official UK Shark Festival! SharkFest, hosted by the conservation organisation Fin Fighters, will be held on the 24th September at the M Shed in Bristol. Fin Fighters have partnered up a number of charities and organisations including: The Shark Trust, Sharks4Kids, Marine Conservation Society and the Manta Trust, to bring […]

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SSACN Outreach

Outreach Newsletter August 2016

Outreach Newsletter August 2016

SSACN’s Outreach Team would like to welcome you to the August 2016 edition of our Outreach newsletter – download it here – which is packed with news of our recent activities – we are sure that you will find some items of interest and look forward to seeing you at one of our Events in […]

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Oban Festival of the Sea

Oban Festival of the Sea

SSACN Outreach will be at the Oban Festival Of The Sea on the 28th/29th May 2016. The festival will be based at the Rockfield Community Centre in the centre of Oban where there will be a market weekend with lots of seafood to try and food, cosmetics and craft products to buy and talks and […]

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Capturing Our Coast

Capturing Our Coast

Our outreach project officer Samantha had a fantastic time on Sunday training with Marine Conservation Society for the new UK wide citizen science project Capturing Our Coast (CoCoast). SSACN can now incorporate seashore surveys into our rockpool rambles to gather important data on marine species along the UK coastline!

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Outreach Newsletter April 2016

Outreach Newsletter April 2016

SSACN’s Outreach Team would like to welcome you to the April 2016 edition of our Outreach newsletter – download it here – which is packed with news, events and upcoming activities happening around Scotland this year – we do hope that you find an Event near you. If you or your organization would like more […]

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UK Governments

Richard Benyon supports BASS campaign

Richard Benyon supports BASS campaign

Former Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon MP has thrown his weight behind the combined Angling Trust, BASS and Save Our Sea Bass campaign for a ban on bass netting. Across Northern Europe sea bass stocks are in deep trouble because of commercial overfishing and the repeated failure of politicians and fishery managers to follow scientific advice […]

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Wild Seaweed Harvesting Consultation

Wild Seaweed Harvesting Consultation

The Wild Seaweed Harvesting: Strategic Environmental Assessment – Environmental Report has been published on the Scottish Government web site. It can be found on the webpage; http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/11/6869 . There is a public consultation associated with this report. The Consultation on Wild Seaweed Harvesting started today, 22 November 2016 and will end on Friday, 15 February […]

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Marine Scotland to hold consultation on electrofishing for razor clams in Scotland

Marine Scotland to hold consultation on electrofishing for razor clams in Scotland

Marine Scotland are holding a consultation  about electrofishing for razor clams in Scotland. This practise is illegal under EU law and the government would seek a derogation to allow the practise. https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/digital-communications/electrofishing-for-razor-clams The Scottish Government paper states Regardless of the method of fishing, it is clear that the level of fishing activity and removal rate […]

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IOM to make bass a recreational species

IOM to make bass a recreational species

The Isle of Man government has confirmed that it is planning to ban all commercial bass fishing inside the Manx 12 mile limit. The Department of Environment. Food and Agriculture (DEFA) said new measures were needed to help to conserve bass and make the Island more attractive to anglers. potentially increasing numbers of visitors. The […]

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Commercial Fishing

Commercials alleged to be fishing in MPAs

Commercials alleged to be fishing in MPAs

Once again the commercial sector shows its contempt for any attempt to regenerate the marine environment. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said there had been "reports of alleged incursions" into MPAs and Police Scotland have confirmed an investigation is under way following allegations of intimidation of creel fishermen in Loch Fyne by the mobile sector […]

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Commercial discards would feed 2 million

Commercial discards would feed 2 million

Fishers have been urged by the Scottish Government to “respond positively to” the discard ban and help stop the wastage of enough catch to feed 2million people, the equivalent to the entire population of Macedonia, Slovenia or Botswana Speaking recently, Mr Lochhead said Holyrood was working with the industry, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other bodies […]

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New measures for shell fishermen

New measures for shell fishermen

SCOTLAND, UK – Catch limits will be set for key shellfish species to prevent and deter unlicensed fishermen from selling their catch illegally, said Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead. Last year the Scottish Government consulted on a number of measures to tackle the longstanding issue of fishermen selling their catch without a licence. After taking into […]

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Clasina scallop dredger

Clasina scallop dredger

A scalloper from Dumfries in Scarborough harbour.

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EU Government

EU finally agrees bass measures

EU finally agrees bass measures

Following several successive years of stock decline and a vigorous campaign by recreational angling organisations, the countries of the EU have finally agreed to raise the minimum size at which bass can be harvested by both commercial and recreational fisherman. As usual the politicians and commercial sector have followed their usual line – spending years […]

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Inept fisheries management

Inept fisheries management

The EU have just published the limitation which will apply to the exploitation of bass stocks. Their opening statement: “In June 2014 the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) released scientific advice on the stock of sea bass in the North-East Atlantic, and confirmed that this stock had been in rapid decline […]

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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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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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Shark Bites

Skate Conundrum in Orkney!

Skate Conundrum in Orkney!

The SSTP recently attended a workshop on the common skate in Orkney, held by SNH and Marine Scotland science. The Orkney representation was the Council, Heriot Watt University, the Orkney Fishing Association and the Orkney Skate Trust. There is a conundrum concerning the skate purses that literally wash up empty in their hundreds on certain […]

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Greenland shark “longest living vertebrate”!

Greenland shark “longest living vertebrate”!

Greenland sharks are now the longest-living vertebrates known on Earth, scientists say. Researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine the ages of 28 of the animals, and estimated that one female was about 400 years old. The team found that the sharks grow at just 1cm a year, and reach sexual maturity at about the age […]

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Will MPA management compromise the fate of the common skate?

Will MPA management compromise the fate of the common skate?

As an IUCN Critically Endangered species, the common skate is somewhat ironically named. Once found throughout Europe, deep sea lochs on the West coast of Scotland are now one of their last strongholds. However, the latest Scottish Government measures introduced to protect this majestic, but sadly all-too-rare creature, whilst a major step forward, are still at […]

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Help needed to “Revive the Clyde”

Help needed to “Revive the Clyde”

Please note that any comments have to be sent in by Monday 18th January. The Scottish Government has received an application for a Regulating Order, which intends to “revive the clyde”. If successful, the order submitted by the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) will restrict prawn trawling in many of the areas thought to be […]

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