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Wild Seaweed Harvesting Consultation

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

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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Will MPA management compromise the fate of the common skate?

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

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

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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Wild salmon conservation update

Wild salmon conservation update

Environment Minister confirms changes. Following extensive consultation Environment Minister Aileen McLeod has confirmed a number of changes to regulate the killing of wild salmon in Scotland. The regulations will be laid today with the measures coming into force on April 1. Key aspects are: Killing outwith estuary limits will be prohibited for three years due […]

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Sea Angling Survey 2016

Sea Angling Survey 2016

Sea angling is of huge economic and social importance of sea angling in the UK, and information is required to help sea angling bodies and government to make better informed decisions on policies for promoting the long term conservation of our valuable fish stocks. In 2016 the UK is conducting surveys to find out more […]

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MPAs back out for consultation

MPAs back out for consultation

Further consultations are to be held into three of the largest of the Scottish government’s planned marine protected areas (MPAs). The three designations involved cover the Small Isles, Wester Ross and Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura. They form part of a proposed network of 30 protected areas. The decision to consult again follows […]

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