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Trigger fish tagging programme

Trigger fish tagging programme

The grey triggerfish which has long been considered a seasonal visitor to the British coast but in the Western Atlantic it is found from Bermuda to Nova Scotia. This has led researchers to start asking the question “is it possible triggerfish are seasonal migrants not just visitors?” There is precedent for this: Until recently it […]

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Commercial sector attack MPA proposals

Commercial sector attack MPA proposals

The marine environment is a PUBLIC RESOURCE and the proposed MPA network should be celebrated by all for the opportunity it presents for the regeneration of our marine environment and the economies of many coastal communities. The Government’s MPA proposals will only effect 1.6% of scallop dredging gross turnover and 1.3% of bottom trawling, yet […]

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Outreach in the Highlands

Outreach in the Highlands

Due to the popularity of the first Ullapool event, SSACN Outreach returned to the town last week for another day of seaside activities and what a FANTASTIC day we had!!! The sun was shining and whilst setting up our equipment alongside SWT officer Noel Hawkins, a crowd began to gather at the top of the […]

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Clyde closures ‘too little, too late’

Clyde closures ‘too little, too late’

Measures introduced over a decade ago to protect spawning cod in the Firth of Clyde were “too little, too late” according to a new study published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science which shows no evidence that a seasonal closure of part of the Firth had led to local recovery of cod numbers or […]

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Outreach at Lochinver

Outreach at Lochinver

SSACN Outreach are happy to announce that we will be running our outreach activities as part of this years Assynt Highland Games at Lochinver. The traditional highland games are the biggest event day on the calendar for Assynt and will comprise of Highland dancing competitions, pipe competitions, fly-casting competitions and of coarse, the traditional highland […]

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Governments

National Marine Plan survey

National Marine Plan survey

Scotland’s National Marine Plan is the first National Marine Plan that has been published in the United Kingdom. As a result, the process by which it was created was a new one.  Marine Scotland are now looking at how the Plan was created to find out what went well and what went less well.   The […]

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Scotland’s Marine Recreation & Tourism Survey

Scotland’s Marine Recreation & Tourism Survey

Attention Scottish or visiting sea anglers. If you want to see sea angling receive the recognition it deserves as a major contributor to Scotland’s economy please take some time to fill in and share the Scottish marine tourism survey – it is possibly our best chance to record the areas that are important to us […]

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Wester Ross MCO introduced

Wester Ross MCO introduced

The Scottish Government has introduced an urgent Marine Conservation Order (MCO) off the coast of Wester Ross after receiving evidence of a scallop dredger breaching voluntary arrangements for fishing in the area; in this instance it is reported that the dredger was photographed in the act. The site, a nursery habitat for young scallops as […]

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New restrictions on scallop dredging

New restrictions on scallop dredging

The Scottish Government has announced additional restrictions on scallop fishing in a long awaited attempt to protect stocks. The measures, which include an increased minimum landing size and a limit on the number of dredges that can be used in inshore waters should help to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery. Fisheries Secretary Richard […]

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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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Commercial sectors

New restrictions on scallop dredging

New restrictions on scallop dredging

The Scottish Government has announced additional restrictions on scallop fishing in a long awaited attempt to protect stocks. The measures, which include an increased minimum landing size and a limit on the number of dredges that can be used in inshore waters should help to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery. Fisheries Secretary Richard […]

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SCFF dismiss SFF claims

SCFF dismiss SFF claims

In the on-going debate regarding the potential impact of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the destructive practices of trawling and dredging, Fisheries Minister Lochhead Lochhead has claimed that the "impact in the vast majority of cases will mean modest changes to fishing patterns with very limited economic impact given the ability of vessels to fish […]

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Analysis of commercial interests MPA issues

Analysis of commercial interests MPA issues

As previously reported, West coast inshore commercial fishers want an “urgent” meeting with Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead after voicing major concerns with what they see as the likely impact of Marine Protected Area (MPA) management measures. What is it that they don’t like ? Well to better understand the issue we have reviewed the press […]

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SFF angry at MPA consultation outcome

SFF angry at MPA consultation outcome

After months of pretending to support the proposals for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scottish waters , the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has shown it’s true colours by expressing disbelief and anger at the new management measures for MPAs announced by the Scottish Government today. Whilst other stakeholders, including the recreational sector have had to […]

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Time the Clyde IFG learned a lesson

Time the Clyde IFG learned a lesson

Shellfish stocks in the Outer Hebrides are to be protected through new conservation measures. The controls, which were developed by the local fishing industry and implemented by the Scottish Government, will help to protect the future of crab and lobster catches off the west coast of Scotland. Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Shellfish are very […]

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Other Recent Posts

Flat and round fish ID

Flat and round fish ID

To help Outreach participants and anglers identify some of the more common species there is a downloadable information sheet here.

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Petition to end personal allowance of shark fins

Petition to end personal allowance of shark fins

HELP CLOSE A LOOPHOLE THAT’S DRIVING SHARKS TO EXTINCTION Right now it’s LEGAL for anyone travelling to Europe to bring 20kg of dried shark fins as part of their personal import allowance. It’s enough to make 705 bowls of shark fin soup. For the survival of sharks the law must change. Bite-Back, the UK shark […]

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West coast USA parallels West coast Scotland

West coast USA parallels West coast Scotland

Governments and commercial fisheries sectors around the world are all too often focussed on short term financial gain rather than the impact on marine fish stocks and the marine food web – this can be exemplified by fisheries mismanagement on the West coasts of the USA and Scotland. Scientists in the USA are concerned that […]

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Manage fish stocks in the public interest

Manage fish stocks in the public interest

An article in The Economist has stressed that the marine commercial fisheries sector should be managed in a way that guarantees high social value with a low environmental impact. This is something Marine Scotland and their Inshore Fisheries Groups, especially those ‘managing’ the Clyde should embrace given the destructive impact of the nephrops fishery; perhaps […]

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£4m Scottish wrasse project

£4m Scottish wrasse project

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has kicked off a £4 million applied research project to upscale the use of farmed wrasse in commercial salmon farms. The new project, now rolling out on Scotland’s west coast, has the potential to increase productivity on salmon farms and reduce the use of medicines in the industry, the […]

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