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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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EU finally agrees bass measures

| July 3, 2015
EU finally agrees bass measures

Following several successive years of stock decline and a vigorous campaign by recreational angling organisations, the countries of the EU have finally agreed to raise the minimum size at which bass can be harvested by both commercial and recreational fisherman. As usual the politicians and commercial sector have followed their usual line – spending years […]

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Inept fisheries management

| June 23, 2015
Inept fisheries management

The EU have just published the limitation which will apply to the exploitation of bass stocks. Their opening statement: “In June 2014 the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) released scientific advice on the stock of sea bass in the North-East Atlantic, and confirmed that this stock had been in rapid decline […]

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Bag limits for bass in the Solway / East Coast areas

| March 30, 2015
Bag limits for bass in the Solway / East Coast areas

Anglers fishing for bass in Area VIIa (roughly the Solway area) and Area IVb (East coast up to Fraserburgh) will now be restricted to a bag limit of 3 fish. This comes in effect following Council Regulation (EU) 2015/523 of 25 March 2015 amending Regulations (EU) No 43/2014 and (EU) 2015/104 as regards certain fishing […]

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Anglers Get New Voice In European Parliament

| March 27, 2015
Anglers Get New Voice In European Parliament

Anglers now have a new voice in Europe thanks to the establishment of the ‘Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment’ in the European Parliament which was launched in Brussels on the 25/03/15. The event was the first opportunity for the many Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) present to meet representatives of the European […]

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EU Fishing TAC / Quotas

| March 5, 2015
EU Fishing TAC / Quotas

As fixed by Council Regulations (EU) No 1221/2014 of 10 November 2014, No 1367/2014 of 15 December 2014, No 2015/104 of 19 January 2015, and No 2015/106 of 19 January 2015. Changes may be made during 2015. An easy to access information sheet. Download it in pdf format from here.

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“Europe slaughtering sea life in the name of science”

| February 11, 2015
“Europe slaughtering sea life in the name of science”

Most people are rightly outraged by the deception of Japan through their whaling for “scientific purposes”. But, according to Guardian journalist George Monbiot, the same trick – the mass slaughter of the creatures of the sea under the guise of “scientific research” – is now being deployed under our noses. Our own government, alongside the […]

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