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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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Draft Wild Fisheries Strategy: a consultation

| February 9, 2016
Draft Wild Fisheries Strategy: a consultation

This consultation is designed to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the approach currently being taken as the Government continue to develop the legislative provisions for a Wild Fisheries (Scotland) Bill. The easiest way to access and respond to the consultation is through the Scottish Government’s online consultation tool – Citizen Space. You […]

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Tackling unlicensed commercial fishing

| February 2, 2016
Tackling unlicensed commercial fishing

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

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