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Commercials alleged to be fishing in MPAs

| February 22, 2016
Commercials alleged to be fishing in MPAs

Once again the commercial sector shows its contempt for any attempt to regenerate the marine environment. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said there had been "reports of alleged incursions" into MPAs and Police Scotland have confirmed an investigation is under way following allegations of intimidation of creel fishermen in Loch Fyne by the mobile sector […]

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Commercial discards would feed 2 million

| February 20, 2016
Commercial discards would feed 2 million

Fishers have been urged by the Scottish Government to “respond positively to” the discard ban and help stop the wastage of enough catch to feed 2million people, the equivalent to the entire population of Macedonia, Slovenia or Botswana Speaking recently, Mr Lochhead said Holyrood was working with the industry, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other bodies […]

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New measures for shell fishermen

| February 3, 2016
New measures for shell fishermen

SCOTLAND, UK - Catch limits will be set for key shellfish species to prevent and deter unlicensed fishermen from selling their catch illegally, said Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead. Last year the Scottish Government consulted on a number of measures to tackle the longstanding issue of fishermen selling their catch without a licence. After taking into […]

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Clasina scallop dredger

| February 1, 2016
Clasina scallop dredger

A scalloper from Dumfries in Scarborough harbour.

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Professional commercial fishermen ?

| January 29, 2016

According to the CFA Facebook page when referring to COAST they say  “ we have always remained professional …. will remain respectful of their opinions,  whilst not agreeing with them.” After the events of the other day at Holyrood, it would seem that the CFA are not willing to extend that attitude and approach to […]

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Using lumpsuckers in £2.9M project

| December 14, 2015

A group of academic, government and aquaculture industry bodies have unveiled projects worth £2.9 million to increase the use of “cleaner fish” in the Scottish salmon industry. Led by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), the research will focus on lumpsuckers, a species that eats sea lice, a parasite that feeds on both wild and […]

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Razor clam fishermen caught

| September 21, 2015

A group of fishermen caught illegally electrocuting razor clams earlier this month during a night-time raid are now facing prosecution or fines of up to £10,000. As enforcement officers from Marine Scotland approached a boat in the Sound of Jura in the early hours of September 10, fishing gear was unceremoniously dumped overboard. It has […]

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Commercial fishermen want new MPAs held off for 10 years

| September 10, 2015
Commercial fishermen want new MPAs held off for 10 years

Western Isles fishermen yesterday joined calls to the Scottish Government for a 10 year moratorium on any new Marine Protection Areas (MPA) being granted around the islands. Duncan Macinnes of Western Isles Fisheries Association (WIFA) told Rural Affairs minister Richard Lochhead that any more MPAs risked driving younger fishermen and their families away from the […]

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