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Discards–Seafish Series

| March 2, 2012
Discards–Seafish Series

Discards are those parts of the catch that are returned to the sea.  The level of discarding varies widely between fisheries, and within fisheries; in some they are almost negligible, others may discard more than they retain, up to 80% in certain fisheries. There are many different reasons for discarding but the major reasons are […]

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Identification issues in Smooth-hound from the north-east Atlantic

| February 29, 2012
Identification issues in Smooth-hound from the north-east Atlantic
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Smoothhound

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series SmoothhoundIn the following posts Dr Edward Farrell, chairman of the Irish Elasmobranch Group, Co-regional Vice Chair of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group and member of the European Elasmobranch Association Scientific Committee will discuss his work on the identification issues surrounding smooth-hound in the north-east Atlantic. […]

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Starry Smooth-hound or Common Smooth-hound?

| February 29, 2012
Starry Smooth-hound or Common Smooth-hound?
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Smoothhound

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series SmoothhoundDr Farrell discusses some identification issues surrounding smooth-hound species in north-east Atlantic waters and the work he has carried out in an attempt to resolve these issues. Species Identification and Biology The first and main question that always seems to arise when talking about smooth-hounds […]

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Biology and Management of Starry Smooth-hound in the NE Atlantic

| February 29, 2012
Biology and Management of Starry Smooth-hound in the NE Atlantic

In this article, Dr Farrell discusses the progression of his research on starry smooth-hound (after clearing up the identification confusion!) and the implications his research might have on future management of smooth-hound populations in the north-east Atlantic. Current Fishery and Management Resolving the identification issues of Northeast Atlantic smooth-hounds greatly simplified the next part of […]

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Firth of Clyde – Changes

| March 10, 2010
Firth of Clyde – Changes
This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Thurstan

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series ThurstanRuth Thurstan is a PhD student at the University of York, studying historical changes to marine ecosystems around the UK as a result of fishing activities. Government reports and fisheries statistics, alongside anecdotal evidence of past abundance is being used to piece together a picture […]

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Lunchtime Event at Holyrood

| December 1, 2008
Lunchtime Event at Holyrood

Firstly we showed an extract from a video which was developed with the cooperation of businesses in Drummore in which they discussed the impact of the depletion of stocks on the long term viability of the community. The extract (90MB) is available here and the full video is available on request. This was followed by […]

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