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Archive for April, 2008


The State of Scotland’s Seas

Towards the end of summer 2007 the Scottish Government asked Fisheries Research Services ( FRS), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency ( SEPA) and Scottish Natural Heritage ( SNH) to collaborate and report on the state of Scotland’s seas.
This report includes contextual information and an initial data inventory and aims to inform the development of the [...]


EC - Ecosystem marine management

THE EC has published a communication which outlines how the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) can help implement in implementing an ecosystem approach to marine management and suggests it offers a more joined-up approach to protecting the ecological balance of the oceans as maintaining a sustainable source of wealth and well-being for future generations.
The main [...]


WI calls for ban on bottom trawling

THE National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) have moved away from their traditional campaigning on issues that matter to women and their communities such as children’s diet, human trafficking, healthy eating etc to join conservation groups in calling for a European Union ban on bottom trawling.
Over 5,000 women will attend the NFWI Annual General Meeting [...]


State of Scotland’s Seas

THE first report on the state of Scotland’s seas has been published today and was presented at today’s Sustainable Seas Task Force.
Its main findings are:
- Scotland’s seas are generally clean and safe, with a trend towards reduction of most pollutants over the past 20 years;
- The seas are generally healthy and biologically diverse, with around [...]


Easing fishing costs

THE Scottish Government is moving to meet the costs of a warranty extension as a way of easing fishing industry costs due to the price of fuel, but the plan will need EU state aid approval before it becomes a reality.
Plans to pick up the warranty extension costs (more than £300,000) for satellite monitoring equipment [...]


Fishing fleet consolidation

Scotland’s white fish fleet is going to have to learn to deal with the impact of soaring fuel bills as it is a long-term trend which the industry and they cannot expect someone else to come in and bail them out according to Mike Park, executive chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association.
He sees [...]


SFF - A new dawn ?

The SFF feels there has been a positive shift in the public perception of the fishing industry, thanks to fishermen enthusiastically embracing new policies and initiatives for the sustainable harvesting of fish stocks according to its chief executive Bertie Armstrong.
He feels the industry is working hard to enhance its image and in recent years has [...]


Draft UK Marine Bill

The Draft UK Marine Bill was published on 3 April 2008. Defra are seeking views on the proposals set out in the draft Bill and input to the supporting Impact Assessment. It may be found at
Many aspects of the bill that will affect the UK Recreational Sea Fisheries, the anglers who fish them, and [...]


Scottish Government seeks to rule the seas

The right solution for Scotland’s sea and coastal communities is the devolution of more marine powers, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead reiterated today.
Speaking ahead of the publication of the UK Marine Bill consultation Mr Lochhead called for Ministerial-level discussions on who rules Scotland’s seas.
The Scottish Parliament has already backed demands [...]

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