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Time for a depth limit on trawling ?

| October 12, 2015

On September 28, The Conversation published an article: “Don’t fall for the deep-sea scaremongers – wild fishing is healthy and sustainable” by Magnus Johnson, a senior lecturer in Environmental Marine Biology at the University of Hull. The article criticised a paper by marine biologists at the University of Glasgow and Marine Science Scotland on the […]

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New shark species discovered in Scottish waters

| September 28, 2015

Finding strange and unusual looking elasmobranchs in the deep sea is not uncommon but following a recent deep sea survey scientists from Marine Scotland noticed a species that they had not seen before. Following some careful research it was established that the fish (pictured to the right) was in fact a false catshark sometimes known […]

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US waste sea fish

| September 25, 2015

As much as 47% of the edible U.S. seafood supply is wasted each year, with more than half of that waste coming at the consumer level as people throw away spoiled or uneaten seafood at home, according to a new study. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future estimated the edible U.S. […]

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Razor clam fishermen caught

| September 21, 2015

A group of fishermen caught illegally electrocuting razor clams earlier this month during a night-time raid are now facing prosecution or fines of up to £10,000. As enforcement officers from Marine Scotland approached a boat in the Sound of Jura in the early hours of September 10, fishing gear was unceremoniously dumped overboard. It has […]

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Underwater noise

| September 9, 2015
Underwater noise

A BBC podcast in the ‘Costing the Earth’ series discusses noise in the underwater environment and how it affects marine species. Oban harbour and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) feature in the programme. It can be downloaded for later listening.

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Flat and round fish ID

| August 3, 2015
Flat and round fish ID

To help Outreach participants and anglers identify some of the more common species there is a downloadable information sheet here.

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Petition to end personal allowance of shark fins

| July 28, 2015
Petition to end personal allowance of shark fins

HELP CLOSE A LOOPHOLE THAT’S DRIVING SHARKS TO EXTINCTION Right now it’s LEGAL for anyone travelling to Europe to bring 20kg of dried shark fins as part of their personal import allowance. It’s enough to make 705 bowls of shark fin soup. For the survival of sharks the law must change. Bite-Back, the UK shark […]

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West coast USA parallels West coast Scotland

| June 18, 2015
West coast USA parallels West coast Scotland

Governments and commercial fisheries sectors around the world are all too often focussed on short term financial gain rather than the impact on marine fish stocks and the marine food web – this can be exemplified by fisheries mismanagement on the West coasts of the USA and Scotland. Scientists in the USA are concerned that […]

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