Archive for December, 2007

Action to protect cod stocks

Action to protect cod stocks

Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced that for the first four months of 2008 the Scottish fleet will be operating real time closures with the purpose of protecting spawning cod. Having issued a map to fishermen which identifies areas where spawning cod may be found, the Government is actively encouraging them to avoid the areas […]

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Save our Fish and Save our Jobs

Save our Fish and Save our Jobs

SSACN got a wee mention in the Sunday Post this weekend. Stevie Gallagher, their journalist, had picked up on one of our papers The Forgotten Sea which gave him the inspiration. The following is the text of the article after scanning it in, any errors are either due to the OCR or my proofing 🙂 […]

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Parliamentary answer on shark finning

Parliamentary answer on shark finning

S3W-7829 – John Scott (Ayr) (Con) (Date Lodged 13 December 2007) : To ask the Scottish Executive how many permits it has issued in each of the last five years to allow the finning of sharks in Scottish waters. Answered by Richard Lochhead (21 December 2007): Issue of permits to allow the removal of shark […]

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Questions raised in Holyrood

Questions raised in Holyrood

The following questions of interest to sea anglers were raised by John Scott (Ayr)(Con) : All begin with ‘To ask the Scottish Executive’ and were lodged on 13/12; answers are expected by 21/01. S3W-7830 whether it has any plans to introduce closed areas for breeding spurdog. S3W-7829 how many permits it has issued in each […]

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European Shark Plan

European Shark Plan

SSACN as a member of The Shark Alliance welcomes the release of the EC’s consultation document for a Community Plan of Action (CPOA) for Sharks which addresses the plight of sharks and proposes a range of options for improvement. The Commission document is now subject to a two-month stakeholder comment period and we urge everyone […]

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Hope for Spurdog

Hope for Spurdog

Hope for Spurdog After three years off intense campaigning by SOS and more lately SSACN, it looks likely that the Spurdog around Scotland’s deep water lochs will finally be safe from commercial exploitation. The Spurdog biomass is down to 5% of its original size and is considered critically endangered by the IUCN. English longliners have […]

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Letter to Lochhead – Shark,Ray and Skate TACs

Letter to Lochhead – Shark,Ray and Skate TACs

On behalf of the Sea Angling Conservation Network, a member of the Shark Alliance and a strong proponent of shark conservation, I am writing to request that you work to ensure that the final 2008 Total Allowable Catch (TAC) limits for sharks, skates, and rays be reduced substantially from the excessive levels recently proposed by […]

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Defra – More and bigger fish

Defra – More and bigger fish

New measures to maintain and grow the ÂŁ1 billion recreational sea angling (RSA) industry have been revealed by Whitehall. The twin objectives of Defra’s Recreational Sea Angling Strategy for England are to “provide more and bigger fish within a healthy and sustainable ecosystem and environment” and “maintain and increase participation in RSA on a sustainable […]

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