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Archive for October, 2008


30
Oct

Sea birds failing to breed

Three of Scotland’s iconic sea bird species have had another disastrous breeding season and their long-term future is bleak unless conditions change to give them a better chance of successful breeding according to Douglas Gilbert of RSPB Scotland.
Gilbert also said the RSPB have been reporting poor breeding seasons for 20 years and time is beginning [...]


28
Oct

EU deep water quota cuts

Deepwater fish such as orange roughy, black scabbardfish and roundnose grenadier won more protection in yesterday’s meeting of EU fisheries ministers who agreed to quota cuts for the next two years.
Europe’s deep-sea fish are mainly found in the north Atlantic at depths of 400 meters and more; they grow and reproduce slower than fish in [...]


28
Oct

EU to stop deep sea shark fishing

Speaking at a news conference following yesterday’s fisheries ministers’ meeting, Commissioner Borg stated there will be no directed fishing for deep-sea sharks after 2010 though he also indicated there will be a 10% allowance for ‘inevitable’ bycatch.
Mr Borg went on to say “We managed to secure a meaningful agreement which will considerably reduce fishing pressure [...]


22
Oct

The great north barrier reef

THERE was a wave of support yesterday for plans to build an artificial reef off the North East coast of England. According to Newcastle-based marine scientist Dr Craig Rose, who has been working on the idea for five years, such a reef could offer endless opportunities with potentially huge benefits for the region as it [...]


22
Oct

SNP to represent the UK ?

In a novel twist, SNP president Ian Hudghton MEP has suggested his party represent the UK.
He has renewed his call for Scotland’s fisheries minister to be designated lead minister for the UK at all European Union negotiations saying “It is incredible that, with the crucial rounds of EU annual quota talks getting underway, the UK [...]


21
Oct

Commercials should be cowboys !

Next Monday MEPs will debate a recovery plan for cod stocks in the N. Sea and W. Scotland.
Although many people believe that the best way to promote a swift recovery of fish stocks is to ban all fisheries in endangered areas Mr Morillon, chair of the EU Parliament Fisheries Committee, set the basis of the [...]


21
Oct

English bodies combine

At the Tackle & Guns trade fair at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on 19 Oct 2008, the Chairmen of all England’s angling representative bodies signed a merger agreement which, subject to various conditions being met, will see them become a single new organisation, The Angling Trust, which will represent anglers in England from 5 January [...]


18
Oct

No increase in cod TAC ?

Annually 100,000 tonnes of dead fish – worth £40 million – are dumped by Scottish fishermen.
The EU fisheries commissioner yesterday indicated that although some fisheries groups in Scotland believe the best way to end discards is to revamp the quota system so that fishermen spend less time at sea in return for being allowed to [...]


16
Oct

MCS - Silent Seas

In its Silent Seas Report, the Marine Conservation Society says severe overfishing is the biggest environmental threat facing Britain and is having a profound effect on marine ecosystems. Simon Brockington, head of conservation at the MCS, said: “There’s a moral imperative: we simply shouldn’t be living in such a way that drives species to extinction.”
The [...]

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