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Angel shark article

| December 17, 2016
Angel shark article

  Angel sharks have the same colour and pattern as sand on the sea floor This allows them to bury themselves and hide from  unsuspecting prey When food swims by, it raises the front half of its body out of the sand It opens its jaws, lunges forward and snags the prey with its needle-like […]

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Skate Conundrum in Orkney!

| November 22, 2016
Skate Conundrum in Orkney!

The SSTP recently attended a workshop on the common skate in Orkney, held by SNH and Marine Scotland science. The Orkney representation was the Council, Heriot Watt University, the Orkney Fishing Association and the Orkney Skate Trust. There is a conundrum concerning the skate purses that literally wash up empty in their hundreds on certain […]

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Greenland shark “longest living vertebrate”!

| August 13, 2016
Greenland shark “longest living vertebrate”!

Greenland sharks are now the longest-living vertebrates known on Earth, scientists say. Researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine the ages of 28 of the animals, and estimated that one female was about 400 years old. The team found that the sharks grow at just 1cm a year, and reach sexual maturity at about the age […]

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Will MPA management compromise the fate of the common skate?

| March 7, 2016
Will MPA management compromise the fate of the common skate?

As an IUCN Critically Endangered species, the common skate is somewhat ironically named. Once found throughout Europe, deep sea lochs on the West coast of Scotland are now one of their last strongholds. However, the latest Scottish Government measures introduced to protect this majestic, but sadly all-too-rare creature, whilst a major step forward, are still at […]

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Help needed to “Revive the Clyde”

| January 15, 2016
Help needed to “Revive the Clyde”

Please note that any comments have to be sent in by Monday 18th January. The Scottish Government has received an application for a Regulating Order, which intends to “revive the clyde”. If successful, the order submitted by the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) will restrict prawn trawling in many of the areas thought to be […]

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Sea Angling Survey 2016

| January 7, 2016
Sea Angling Survey 2016

Sea angling is of huge economic and social importance of sea angling in the UK, and information is required to help sea angling bodies and government to make better informed decisions on policies for promoting the long term conservation of our valuable fish stocks. In 2016 the UK is conducting surveys to find out more […]

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Scotland’s Marine Recreation & Tourism Survey

| September 1, 2015
Scotland’s Marine Recreation & Tourism Survey

Attention Scottish or visiting sea anglers. If you want to see sea angling receive the recognition it deserves as a major contributor to Scotland’s economy please take some time to fill in and share the Scottish marine tourism survey – it is possibly our best chance to record the areas that are important to us […]

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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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