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Archive for November, 2007


Step Forward for International Shark Conservation

A landmark agreement by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) aimed at reducing fishing on North Atlantic shortfin mako and porbeagle sharks was adopted as a binding measure at their annual meeting, which wrapped up on Sunday.
The international body failed to consider stronger protection for the porbeagle shark, endangered throughout [...]


Mediterranean Sharks and Rays in Danger of Extinction

Brussels, 16 November 2007:
A report released today by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) and the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation reveals that the region has the highest percentage of such species assessed as Threatened in the world, due primarily to overfishing through targeted and incidental fisheries.
SSACN is a member of the Shark Alliance [...]


Commercials fight discard reductions

Mike Park, the executive chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association, warned that the UK must not become the unwilling pawns in EU moves to satisfy Norway over by-catch levels.
Against the background of a call for an 80% reduction in the North Sea whiting TAC, Norway needs the Community to demonstrate a discard reduction [...]


A ‘ray’ of light ?

After having learned earlier this year of two new areas where common skate have started to show again in Scotland we were pleased to hear today that a few have started to show in the Bristol channel - Dr David Sims, Deputy Director (Research), and Senior Research Fellow of the Marine Biological Association of the [...]


SNH - Protecting itself or Nature ?

Is Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) more concerned with protecting its’ own identity than it is in protecting nature in an attempt to avoid being merged with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
In an attempt win backing from Ministers, it appears to be trying to aggressively align itself with the SNP government’s priorities for [...]


The latest news from SSACN

After three years off intense campaigning by SOS and more lately SSACN, it looks likely that the Spurdog around Scotland’s deep water lochs will finally be safe from commercial exploitation.
The Spurdog biomass is down to 5% of its original size and is considered critically endangered by the IUCN.
English longliners have been targeting the Spurdog in [...]


SSACN visits the EU at Brussels

Two of the team have just returned from Brussels where they attended a conference hosted by the Shark Alliance - a coalition of forty plus conservation, fishing, diving, and scientific organizations dedicated to improving European Union shark fishing policies.
The Alliance used the opportunity to call on the Commission to propose that the European Council of [...]


A Scottish Marine Bill

Referring to the development of a Scottish Marine Bill, Mr Lochhead recently said "I am determined to use the months ahead to prepare the ground for ambitious and meaningful legislation……."No sensible person who cares about the future of the marine environment wants a half-cocked, incomplete bill."
The biodiversity of our marine environment is affected by [...]


Voluntary temporary closures

Update ::
The joint initiative developed by the industry and the Scottish Government whereby skippers at sea sound the alert when they encounter stocks of small cod and the fishery is voluntarily closed has now been extended to protect the future breeding stock of cod.
This means from today the scheme will now cover larger juvenile fish [...]

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