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Shark! Rebranding the “monster”

Shark! Rebranding the “monster”

Sharks have existed for about 400 million years, but they could disappear in a generation if we don’t do anything to help them. In his talk, Steve Backshall shares some incredible facts about shark anatomy that make them the perfect animal for their environment. He also talks about human actions that endanger these precious animals […]

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Scottish Priority Marine Features Report

Scottish Priority Marine Features Report

SNH Commissioned Report No. 406 – Descriptions of Scottish Priority Marine Features (PMFs) is now available.  The seas around Scotland are rich and diverse – Scotland’s position at the edge of the continental shelf, the long coastline, large area of sea and the mixing of warm and coldwater currents combine to make its waters a […]

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2016 Nature Photographer of the Year

2016 Nature Photographer of the Year

National Geographic has selected the winners of its 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year competition. This year’s grand prize winner was Greg Lecoeur’s ‘Sardine Run.’ The image gives a good idea of what the seas off the West coast of Scotland were like when the herring were plentiful. During the sardine migration along the Wild […]

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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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SSACN Outreach

Great donation from TronixPro

Great donation from TronixPro

SSACN's Outreach Programme has just received a great boost following the donation of rods, reels and other sea angling equipment from TRONIXPRO (www.tronixfishing.com) – a wholesale fishing tackle supplier, providing shops throughout the UK with a wide range of fishing equipment brands from around the world. The donation by TRONIXPRO will help SSACN volunteers to substantially […]

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SSACN Outreach Newsletter (Feb 2017)

SSACN Outreach Newsletter (Feb 2017)

SSACN’s Outreach Team would like to welcome you to the Spring 2017 edition of our Outreach newsletter – please download it here – which is packed with news of new members of the team as well as recent and upcoming activities – we are sure that you will find some items of interest and look […]

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Angel shark article

Angel shark article

  Angel sharks have the same colour and pattern as sand on the sea floor This allows them to bury themselves and hide from  unsuspecting prey When food swims by, it raises the front half of its body out of the sand It opens its jaws, lunges forward and snags the prey with its needle-like […]

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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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UK Governments

The Science team at the North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (the NWIFCA) are working on a Recreational Sea Angling Strategy and need your help!  It is understood that sea angling brings many personal, social and economic benefits to the individuals, businesses and communities near the coast. Your knowledge, views and opinions will help […]

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EU catch opportunities 2017

EU catch opportunities 2017

The EU Fisheries Council finalised catching opportunities for 2017 concluded with quota increases for many key fish stocks for the Scottish fleet, reflecting the general improving trend of our fisheries. Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF (Scottish Fishermen’s Federation), said: “Overall, this is a positive outcome for Scotland which underlines the sustainable fishing practices adopted by […]

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A better deal for Bass ?

A better deal for Bass ?

EU fisheries ministers came up with a deal that recognises that targeted netting for threatened bass stocks is no longer an acceptable form of fishing. At the ‘Fishing Opportunities’ meeting for 2017, proposals from the EU Commission calling for an end to netting for bass – which had the wholehearted support of recreational fishing organisations […]

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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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Commercial Fishing

MSC and SSF at odds about haddock

MSC and SSF at odds about haddock

The MCS (Marine Conservation Society) have taken some haddock fisheries off its green list – but the SFF's (Scottish Fishermen’s Federation) representative accuse it of ‘dressing advocacy up as science’. Haddock from three North Sea and west of Scotland fisheries have been removed from the MSC's recommended “green” list of fish to eat, after stocks fell below the acceptable levels […]

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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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EU Government

EU catch opportunities 2017

EU catch opportunities 2017

The EU Fisheries Council finalised catching opportunities for 2017 concluded with quota increases for many key fish stocks for the Scottish fleet, reflecting the general improving trend of our fisheries. Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF (Scottish Fishermen’s Federation), said: “Overall, this is a positive outcome for Scotland which underlines the sustainable fishing practices adopted by […]

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A better deal for Bass ?

A better deal for Bass ?

EU fisheries ministers came up with a deal that recognises that targeted netting for threatened bass stocks is no longer an acceptable form of fishing. At the ‘Fishing Opportunities’ meeting for 2017, proposals from the EU Commission calling for an end to netting for bass – which had the wholehearted support of recreational fishing organisations […]

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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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Shark Bites

Shark! Rebranding the “monster”

Shark! Rebranding the “monster”

Sharks have existed for about 400 million years, but they could disappear in a generation if we don’t do anything to help them. In his talk, Steve Backshall shares some incredible facts about shark anatomy that make them the perfect animal for their environment. He also talks about human actions that endanger these precious animals […]

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Angel shark article

Angel shark article

  Angel sharks have the same colour and pattern as sand on the sea floor This allows them to bury themselves and hide from  unsuspecting prey When food swims by, it raises the front half of its body out of the sand It opens its jaws, lunges forward and snags the prey with its needle-like […]

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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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