Archive for November, 2007

Borg summarises stocks

Borg summarises stocks

According to Dr Borg  “The most recent advice from ICES confirms that while the situation remains broadly stable, indeed with some encouraging developments in certain fisheries, most stocks remain overfished. We must make further efforts if we are to achieve progress towards sustainable fisheries. If we do not, the result will be the rapid decline […]

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MP hits at Government over bass decision

MP hits at Government over bass decision

THE UK Government has “flown in the face” of its own fisheries advisers, Cefas (the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), in refusing to increase the minimum landing size of bass, according to Martin Salter MP. The decision looked after the short-term interests of the inshore commercial fishing fleet rather than the long-term interests […]

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Scientific community calls for conservation of Sharks and Rays

Scientific community calls for conservation of Sharks and Rays

Brest, France: European marine scientists at a weekend shark and ray conference signed a Statement of Concern calling for improved European shark policies, bringing the total number of signatories over the 100 mark. The Statement calls on European Union (EU) Ministers and fisheries managers to heed scientific advice for fishing limits and develop an EU […]

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Cod discards – wriggling Minister

Cod discards – wriggling Minister

Ahead of this years TACs and quotas discussions, much energy being spent on cod stocks with a great deal of focus on the discards of those stocks. Most people in the industry know that excessive discards can be minimized by the use of the right technologies and that the impact on stocks can also be […]

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Commercials fight discard reductions

Commercials fight discard reductions

Mike Park, the executive chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association, warned that the UK must not become the unwilling pawns in EU moves to satisfy Norway over by-catch levels. Against the background of a call for an 80% reduction in the North Sea whiting TAC, Norway needs the Community to demonstrate a discard […]

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A ‘ray’ of light ?

A ‘ray’ of light ?

After having learned earlier this year of two new areas where common skate have started to show again in Scotland we were pleased to hear today that a few have started to show in the Bristol channel – Dr David Sims, Deputy Director (Research), and Senior Research Fellow of the Marine Biological Association of the […]

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SSACN visits the EU at Brussels

SSACN visits the EU at Brussels

Two of the team have just returned from Brussels where they attended a conference hosted by the Shark Alliance – a coalition of forty plus conservation, fishing, diving, and scientific organizations dedicated to improving European Union shark fishing policies. The Alliance used the opportunity to call on the Commission to propose that the European Council […]

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A Scottish Marine Bill

A Scottish Marine Bill

Referring to the development of a Scottish Marine Bill, Mr Lochhead recently said "I am determined to use the months ahead to prepare the ground for ambitious and meaningful legislation……."No sensible person who cares about the future of the marine environment wants a half-cocked, incomplete bill." The biodiversity of our marine environment is affected by […]

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