RSSUK Government News

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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Richard Benyon supports BASS campaign

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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UK Fisheries Minister under fire

UK Fisheries Minister under fire

Fisheries Minister George Eustice, who has been strongly criticised by UK angling organisations for caving in to pressure from commercial fishing interests and supporting exemptions to the European Union bass fishing moratorium for the highly damaging bass gill net fishery, is now under fire for making false claims for the impacts on threatened stocks as […]

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23 new Marine Conservation Zones for England

23 new Marine Conservation Zones for England

The UK Government has announced the creation of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around the coast of England. These zones are the second of three tranches of sites to be considered for protection as part of a larger project to create a coherent network of marine protected areas around the coast of the UK. […]

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US sea anglers get a voice in fisheries management

US sea anglers get a voice in fisheries management

America’s 11 million saltwater recreational anglers are to be given a voice on how their fisheries are managed. Scottish MSP’s and fisheries managers need to take note – you are stuck in the past, most other developed countries recognise the socio-economic benefits of sea angling, have a strategy in place for its development and directly […]

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Emergency scallop dredging byelaw

Emergency scallop dredging byelaw

Tuesday 2 February 2015 – North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NEIFCA) implemented an emergency fisheries byelaw regulation prohibiting scallop dredging for a sixth month period throughout its district. Up until then, some 30 vessels were actively participating within the fishery with an equal number of applications and enquiries pending. Given the scale of […]

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Scottish West Coast Public MPA Meetings

Scottish West Coast Public MPA Meetings

As you may or may not be aware, a several new Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) have recently been accepted. SSACN recently attended a consultation where management options were proposed for all the west coast MPA’s in addition to some suggested management changes for a few Special Areas of Conservation (SAC’s). We are now at the […]

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Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Public MPA Meeting

Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Public MPA Meeting

Please click here for a link to the dates and locations of the next meetings. SSACN proposed an MPA for Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura in order to protect the Critically Endangered common skate. We are delighted that this has been accepted but we are keen to see the MPA managed in the right […]

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