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Cumbrae BioBlitz

Cumbrae BioBlitz

On Sunday the 26th of July we attended the 2015 Bio Blitz at the Marine Biological Research Station in Millport, Cumbrae where the Team ran a drop net and ID session on the main Pier and installed a display stand at the Research Centre. From very early on we had a good range of species […]

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COAST’s Howard Wood wins Goldman Environmental Prize

COAST’s Howard Wood wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Congratulations go to Howard Wood for receiving an International award for COAST’s (Community of Arran Seabed Trust) marine restoration campaign. Howard Wood, chairman and co-founder of COAST has been awarded the highly prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his work with COAST’s community of marine volunteers promoting sustainable management of Arran’s seas. It is the first […]

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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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The value of the 3 mile limit

The value of the 3 mile limit

A recent Government funded economic assessment for the management of the Scottish inshore fisheries estimated that there could be as much as a £1.3bn benefit for the Scottish economy over the next twenty years and a net gain of 1,490 new jobs for the economies of coastal communities. The Report identified that high impact fishing […]

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MPA & SAC Consultation Part 1

MPA & SAC Consultation Part 1

The public consultation on statutory management measures for Inshore SACs and MPAs closes on the 2nd of February 2015. SSACN are recommending that only sustainable methods such as creeling, hand diving for scallops and angling should be allowed inside MPAs and that all active / towed gear (trawls, dredged and hydraulic methods) should be excluded […]

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Inshore Fisheries – Options For Change

Inshore Fisheries – Options For Change

A while ago the Scottish Government commissioned a Report to use cost benefit analysis and economic impact assessment to identify the potential benefits / costs of the effects of stopping dredging and trawling for prawns, lobsters and scallops from being carried out between 1 to 3 three miles from the shore. The recently released Report […]

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Samantha King appointed

Samantha King appointed

Our Community Outreach Programme has proved very successful and so far has been delivered to more than 2,600 individuals of all ages. Now, thanks to funding support from Marine Scotland, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Jane King as our Community Outreach Project Officer. Samantha has a BSC in Marine and Freshwater […]

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SSACN’s proposed MPA’s successful

SSACN’s proposed MPA’s successful

The purpose of the Loch Sunart MPA is to facilitate the very differing management, monitoring and surveying requirements of conserving common skate. The common skate is the largest skate in the world. It was once found around the entire British coastline but unsustainable levels of fishing throughout the 19th and 20th centuries have reduced the […]

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