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| March 24, 2017

The Science team at the North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (the NWIFCA) are working on a Recreational Sea Angling Strategy and need your help!  It is understood that sea angling brings many personal, social and economic benefits to the individuals, businesses and communities near the coast. Your knowledge, views and opinions will help […]

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EU catch opportunities 2017

| March 17, 2017
EU catch opportunities 2017

The EU Fisheries Council finalised catching opportunities for 2017 concluded with quota increases for many key fish stocks for the Scottish fleet, reflecting the general improving trend of our fisheries. Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF (Scottish Fishermen’s Federation), said: “Overall, this is a positive outcome for Scotland which underlines the sustainable fishing practices adopted by […]

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A better deal for Bass ?

| December 14, 2016
A better deal for Bass ?

EU fisheries ministers came up with a deal that recognises that targeted netting for threatened bass stocks is no longer an acceptable form of fishing. At the ‘Fishing Opportunities’ meeting for 2017, proposals from the EU Commission calling for an end to netting for bass – which had the wholehearted support of recreational fishing organisations […]

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Richard Benyon supports BASS campaign

| November 30, 2016
Richard Benyon supports BASS campaign

Former Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon MP has thrown his weight behind the combined Angling Trust, BASS and Save Our Sea Bass campaign for a ban on bass netting. Across Northern Europe sea bass stocks are in deep trouble because of commercial overfishing and the repeated failure of politicians and fishery managers to follow scientific advice […]

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Wild Seaweed Harvesting Consultation

| November 23, 2016
Wild Seaweed Harvesting Consultation

The Wild Seaweed Harvesting: Strategic Environmental Assessment – Environmental Report has been published on the Scottish Government web site. It can be found on the webpage; http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/11/6869 . There is a public consultation associated with this report. The Consultation on Wild Seaweed Harvesting started today, 22 November 2016 and will end on Friday, 15 February […]

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Marine Scotland to hold consultation on electrofishing for razor clams in Scotland

| September 11, 2016
Marine Scotland to hold consultation on electrofishing for razor clams in Scotland

Marine Scotland are holding a consultation  about electrofishing for razor clams in Scotland. This practise is illegal under EU law and the government would seek a derogation to allow the practise. https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/digital-communications/electrofishing-for-razor-clams The Scottish Government paper states Regardless of the method of fishing, it is clear that the level of fishing activity and removal rate […]

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IOM to make bass a recreational species

| March 10, 2016
IOM to make bass a recreational species

The Isle of Man government has confirmed that it is planning to ban all commercial bass fishing inside the Manx 12 mile limit. The Department of Environment. Food and Agriculture (DEFA) said new measures were needed to help to conserve bass and make the Island more attractive to anglers. potentially increasing numbers of visitors. The […]

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Will MPA management compromise the fate of the common skate?

| March 7, 2016
Will MPA management compromise the fate of the common skate?

As an IUCN Critically Endangered species, the common skate is somewhat ironically named. Once found throughout Europe, deep sea lochs on the West coast of Scotland are now one of their last strongholds. However, the latest Scottish Government measures introduced to protect this majestic, but sadly all-too-rare creature, whilst a major step forward, are still at […]

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