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Traders launch legal action over ‘black’ fish landings

Scotsman :: Fish traders are set to launch legal action against the Scottish Executive amid claims that authorities failed to prevent their livelihoods being ruined by the illegal trade in ‘black’ fish landings.
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Irish skipper fined

IRISH skipper/owner Denis McCarthy, has been ordered to pay a total of £18,600 in fines and costs for a series of offences in the Celtic Sea Hake Recovery Zone.McCarthy, of Skibereen, Co. Cork pleaded guilty at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Monday in a case brought by the Marine and Fisheries Agency (MFA).
McCarthy, who had claimed [...]


Dutch scallop dredger ordered to pay £47,000

The UK skipper and Dutch owners of the 38 metre Dutch scallop dredger, Jacoba UK307 were ordered to pay a total of £47,000 in fines and costs by Brighton magistrates on Friday July 20th.
Skipper Robert Johnston, 46, of Penzance, and owners Zeevisserij Pasterkamp of Urk, Netherlands, pleaded guilty to a total of 45 [...]


Prawn Fisheries face tighter regulation

Scotsman :: New measures to protect cod could mean tighter regulation of Scotland’s prawn fisheries next year - Bertie Armstrong said the pressure to conserve cod was likely to have a disproportionate impact on vessels targeting nephrops. He went on to say prawn fisheries already played a key role in the name of conservation.
Prawn fisheries [...]


Code of Practice - Tope

Save Our Sharks have released a Code of Best Practice for tope fishing, which has been approved by the NFSA, SACN, SFSA, Shark Trust and the UK shark tagging program.
In summary it outlines that whilst tope may look big and tough creatures they are actually quite delicate especially when out of the water.
The Code has [...]


Scottish Marine Wildlife watching code

Scotland has a long and varied coastline with a wealth of marine wildlife. It is arguably the best place in Europe to watch whales, dolphins and porpoises. The basking shark – the second largest fish in the world – can often be seen feeding off the west coast in summer.
The Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code [...]


Belgian Beamer fined £20,000 for illegal fishing

A Belgian beam trawler which used ‘blinders’ - illegal linings in her trawl nets - to catch illegal undersized fish which were then kept, was forced to tie up four days while the skipper and owner faced prosecution by the Marine and Fisheries Agency.
The skipper and owner of Belgian Beam trawler De Marie [...]


Catch ten fish - dump nine !!

Fishermen across Europe are to be banned from dumping billions of dead fish back into the sea in a move by Brussels designed to put an end to the “morally wrong” waste of sea life.
The change comes after an admission that EU fishing policy was doing more damage than good among the fragile stocks [...]


Climate Change and Scottish Fisheries

This review was conducted for the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), by Fisheries Research Services and was stimulated by the growing realization that human induced global warming may now be affecting the fishing grounds Scottish fishermen exploit.
The topic of the impact of climate change on fish stocks, and hence commercial fisheries, is a complex one - [...]

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