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Aquaculture and fisheries consultation

| August 31, 2012
Aquaculture and fisheries consultation

The Scottish Government consulted on how to achieve a sustainable future for aquaculture and freshwater fisheries and ensure the effective management of interactions between the two sectors to inform the development of a new Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill, planned for introduction in autumn 2012. The consultation concluded on April 13 and generated 1,342 responses, representing [...]

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2020 Biodiversity Challenge

| August 31, 2012
2020 Biodiversity Challenge

The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on the 2020 challenge for Scotland’s biodiversity. The consultation will remain open until 26 September and has been developed by the Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) as a supporting document to the Biodiversity Strategy for Scotland in order to reflect new international and European biodiversity [...]

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SSACN at Tobermory Visitor Centre

| August 31, 2012

Tobermory Harbour has a new Marine Visitor Centre which was opened to the public on Monday 30th July. Interactive and informative displays of interest to all ages cover a broad cross section of activities in and around Tobermory Bay and the Sound of Mull.  SSACN were pleased to be asked to contribute and you’ll find [...]

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The UK Fishing Industry in 2011

| August 28, 2012

‘The UK Fishing Industry in 2011: Structure and Activity’ on The Fish Site provides a broad picture of the size and composition of the UK fishing industry and its operations. Quick Summary - In 2011 the UK had 6,444 registered fishing vessels, 17% fewer than in 2001. Over the same period, the number of fishermen [...]

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Update from the Dutch Sharkatag

| August 28, 2012

Eleven charter boats, 230 participants, a truckload of ragworm, no less than 95 shark caught and substantial media interest. That’s the Dutch Sharkatag 2012 in a nutshell. Like our Scottish Sharkatag, the Dutch Sharkatag is a three day event; this year it took place over the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of August off the coast [...]

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SHAMED continue to attack SAC plan

| August 28, 2012

THE Southern Hebrides Against Marine Environmental Designations (SHAMED) group has launched a fresh attempt to block plans for the establishment of a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in the Sound of Barra. One of SHAMED’s objections is their conviction that the current and previous Environment Ministers - Stewart Stevenson, Michael Russell and Roseanna Cunningham - [...]

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SI - The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (Scotland)

| August 27, 2012
SI – The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (Scotland)

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/228) The above Scottish Statutory Instrument was laid in the Scottish Parliament on 31 July under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 in order to come into force on 16 August. The Instrument will amend the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 and [...]

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Request to measure clasper length

| August 23, 2012

A request from James Thorburn - As part of my research, I am trying to identify important areas for tope and spurdog, such as breeding grounds and nursery areas. As part of this, it is important to gauge the maturity status of both sexes in the area. With female sharks, other than size, there are [...]

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