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Archive for October, 2007


We did take too much - but no apologies

The leaders of two of Scotland’s main commercial fishing groups - Bertie Armstrong and Mike Park have now publicly admitted the historic illegal practices of the industry which decimated cod stocks.
No apologies were offered though.
35 years ago there was a significant increase in cod stocks - the so called "gadoid outburst"; Mr Armstrong [...]


No change to Bass MLS

FISHERMEN and anglers can continue to land bass at a size of 36 centimeters and over, Fisheries Minister Jonathan Shaw announced recently.
He said: "Bass is important to the inshore fishing fleet, which would have borne the brunt of the cost of increasing the MLS. I could not justify introducing a measure, which would have had [...]


No cod on my plate for my tea

To the tune of My Bonny Lies Over The Ocean.
The fish are all sick in the ocean
The coral is dead in the sea
It’s all because of man’s pollution
There’s no cod on my plate for my tea
The Firths are important to Scotland
(Marine Parks or something I think)
The trouble is that all the pollution
Has screwed up them [...]


Defra Marine Bill Newsletter 6

Defra published ‘A Sea Change’, a Marine Bill White Paper, and a partial Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) on 16th March 2007. The three-month consultation period ended on 8th June.
A full review of the 8519 responses which were received can be found here.
This is summarized in Newsletter 6 available here. [...]


Good News on Spurdog

Update :: We have just received a note from Struan Stevenson MEP informing us he has written to Commissioner Borg urging him
” .. to strengthen the legislation protecting this species of shark, as well as the many other species which are also suffering from over-fishing. It is crucial to look into a ban on fishing [...]


Cod recovery - The Scottish Governments’ Views

This document presents the Scottish Government’s views on how to achieve sustainable cod fisheries and includes reactions to the European Commission’s ‘non paper’ on the future revision of the Cod Recovery Plan circulated to EU Member States and the Regional Advisory Councils on 31 May 2007.
The document is [...]


Scotsman Save Our Seas campaign

In todays Scotsman, journalist Ian Johnston highlights the fact that virtually none of Scotland’s seas are protected from destructive commercial practices and that just two locations, the Firth of Lorne and Loch Creran, have protection backed by legal sanction for conservation reasons.
Of course this is something we have been directly aware of for many years [...]


Parliamentary Motion - Shark Finning

Scottish Parliamentary Motion: European Shark Week
Text of Motion: S3M-00627 Joe FitzPatrick (Dundee West) (SNP):
That the Parliament notes that European Shark Week runs from 8 to 14 October 2007; condemns the practice of shark finning which sees sharks hauled on board ships to have their fins removed before being thrown back into the water, [...]


Defra propose a non targeted fishery for the Porbeagle

At last governments are starting to listen to the call of the fisheries scientists and shark conservation groups like SOS, Shark Trust and the Shark Alliance.
When SOS was founded just three years ago, four RSA species of shark were in need of urgent management plans; if all goes well, three of the four will have [...]

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