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Megrim migraine

SELLING 600 kilos of unrecorded megrim at the Scalloway market last December cost a skipper almost £3,000 at Lerwick Sheriff Court.
The skipper of the Banff registered fishing vessel Scotia was fined £2,100 plus the value of the fish at £764 after pleading guilty to not recording 574 kilo of the species in the vessel’s logsheet.
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Managing Scotland’s fish quota

The review of the management of Scotland’s fish quota was outlined today by Richard Lochhead; the key objectives are :

To safeguard Scotland’s traditional fishing rights for now and the future by keeping them in Scotland.
Make sure Scottish fishermen get their fair share of quota providing stability and security so that businesses can plan for the [...]


More on the moratorium

Reaction to the Scottish Government move to ban the transfer of licences and fixed quota allocations from Scottish fishing vessels during a consultation period for a new Scottish quota and licensing regime has come thick and fast today.
In the morning, UK Fisheries Minister Jonathan Shaw and UKAFPO chairman Jim Portus joined NFFO in condemning the [...]


NFFO upset with SNP fisheries policy

Today the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO), England’s main catching sector group, accused the Scottish Government of a “pre-emptive strike” over a licensing and quota issue which underlines the differing policies being pursued North of the Border.
The NFFO believes the Scottish Government moratorium on the transfer of licences and FQA units go well [...]


West Coast Herring Plan

The EC has also tabled a proposal for a Council regulation on a multi-annual plan for the management of herring fisheries to the West of Scotland.
The aim of the proposal is to ensure the sustainability of the fishery and prevent any sudden increase in fishing pressure which could jeopardise its future.
This will be achieved by [...]


North Sea Whiting fishery closed

Heavy pressure on North Sea whiting stocks, due to the weather, lack of haddock and the need to avoid cod, has meant that one producer organisation has been forced to suspend whiting catching by all but two of its vessels.
Aberdeen Fish Producers’ Organisation chief executive Hamish Gordon confirmed today that they had closed their whiting [...]


Trawlerman to become charter skipper

The Arbroath Fishermen’s Association, established in 1923 and believed to be the oldest in Britain, is being wound up after its membership dropped from 100+ to 15.
This follows the announcement that after four generations the Smith family have sold their trawler leaving two trawlers left and eight small creel boats working out of Arbroath.
According [...]


SEAFISH offices searched

THE headquarters of the Sea Fish Industry Authority in Edinburgh has been visited by police and fisheries enforcement officials as part of an ongoing investigation ( begun in 2005 ) into alleged illegal fish landings at Scottish ports.
The investigation has already involved specific issues relating to the landing of pelagic species in Shetland and in [...]


Shetland scallop dredger fined

A SHETLAND fisherman was ordered to pay £3,000 at Lerwick Sheriff Court after he admitted breaching regulations designed to protect the islands’ shellfish stocks.
Stanley Gray was dragging 12 dredges just over a mile south east of Bressay Isle during the night of 1 February last year breaching the Shetland Islands Regulatory Fishery (Scotland)Order of 1999, [...]

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