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New facility for the FRS

The Fisheries Research Services (FRS) have been granted planning permission for a new scientific research facility next to the existing FRS Marine Laboratory in Torry, Aberdeen.
It will comprise of an aquarium, laboratories, office accommodation and staff facilities area and will replace the current facilities in order to meet changing demands.
Construction will begin in March 2009 [...]


Parliamentary Questions

The following written Parliamentary Questions have been asked by Peter Peacock (Highlands & Islands) (Lab) :
To ask the Scottish Executive :

What steps it is taking to ensure Scotland achieves the best economic value from the common shared resource of species of fish of no commercial value to the catching sector
What specific measures it is taking [...]


Quota consultation meetings

As previously reported in May, new proposals for fish quota management and licensing arrangements in Scotland have been published for consultation. The Scottish Government say they are designed to safeguard Scotland’s fishing communities’ birthright for future fishermen by putting them at the heart of management.
As usual, the interest of sea anglers, their communities and the [...]


Commercials want to exempted…….

…. from the provisions of the Marine Bill according to the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association (SWFPA) who claim this view is based on the long history of commercial fishing which has ” enhanced the marine environment in many ways” and the “legitimate”expectations of the industry to operate commercially to harvest a national resource in [...]


Parliamentary Answer

John Scott (Ayr) (Con): To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce a fishing catch limit for tope.
Mr Richard Lochhead :
Catches of tope by the Scottish fleet are at low levels. I currently have no plans to introduce a fishing catch limit, although I will keep the situation under review.
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Just another talking shop

Lib Dem Shadow Fisheries Secretary Mike Rumbles today claimed the new Scottish Fisheries Panel would be a pointless talking shop as according to him :
“A fortnight ago, the First Minister claimed that his government had set up an expert panel to develop alternatives to the Common Fisheries Policy.”
“Today, the Fisheries Secretary has confirmed to me [...]


The value of Sea Angling in Scotland

If you sea fish in Scotland, or have done so in the last three years this concerns you !
A team of economists from Glasgow Caledonian University are working to produce an economic assessment of recreational sea angling in Scotland.
Although the Scottish Government and the Marine Directorate ‘go the extra mile’ to support commercial fishing activities [...]


Managing Scotland’s fish quota

The review of the management of Scotland’s fish quota was outlined today by Richard Lochhead; the key objectives are :

To safeguard Scotland’s traditional fishing rights for now and the future by keeping them in Scotland.
Make sure Scottish fishermen get their fair share of quota providing stability and security so that businesses can plan for the [...]


More on the moratorium

Reaction to the Scottish Government move to ban the transfer of licences and fixed quota allocations from Scottish fishing vessels during a consultation period for a new Scottish quota and licensing regime has come thick and fast today.
In the morning, UK Fisheries Minister Jonathan Shaw and UKAFPO chairman Jim Portus joined NFFO in condemning the [...]

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