The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network

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Archive for January, 2008


Help a student gather data for a dissertation

We have received the following from Cari Rendell :
I am currently undergoing a degree in environmental science and marine conservation. As part of my course we need to produce a dissertation, my title is measuring salt water anglers attitudes towards marine protected areas.
The majority of the time the commercial sector are targeted but I would [...]


SSACN Join Cabinet level Task Force


CFP to be broken up ?

It is rumoured the CFP is to be broken up with control moving to a range of new departments in the Commission under the overall umbrella of EU Maritime Policy.
It’s expected that day to day management of fisheries will be devolved to RAC’s (Regional Advisory Councils) comprising fishermen, scientists & other stakeholders.
The first indications [...]


Answer indicates sea angling research imminent ?

The following question raised in Holyrood confirms the Government has commissioned research into the economic contribution to Scotland of sea angling.
Mr Lochhead says that they " ..look forward to the outcome of that study", very much the same words Mr Finnie was using this time last year.
We can only wait.
John Scott (Ayr) (Con): I very [...]


Catching sector must get it right

According to Mike Park, Executive Chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association, the catching sector has a one-off chance to make a difference this year in terms of helping cod conservation and there is no one else to blame if they do not get it right.
According to him there is no question that this [...]


‘No-take’ zone at Lamlash Bay

Plans to develop a marine conservation area off the isle of Arran, which will help protect thousands of species, are to be unveiled soon.
A “no-take zone” has been agreed which in a small area of Lamlash Bay.
This comes after a thirteen plus year local campaign by members of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (Coast), [...]


Defra appeasement and Everyone loses

Cornish inshore commercial fishermen have finally admitted that bass stocks in Cornwall are over-fished.
In the Jan 18 edition of Fishing News, skipper David Bond of Looe explained that the lack of available quota for species such as cod and sole has forced the inshore fleet to increase the pressure on non quota species like bass [...]


Just the tip of the iceberg

Whilst any steps taken to reduce the levels of discards are to be welcomed, the output from politicians, the commercial sector and the media about the incredible efforts being made to preserve cod stocks actually hide the very basic fact that discards of cod are miniscule when compared to other fisheries.

Naturally one is tempted to [...]


Good Science - Bad Science & Climate Change

The United Kingdom Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) report for 2006 said it was the second-warmest year in UK coastal waters since records began in 1870; seven of the 10 warmest years have occurred in the last decade.
Bertie Armstrong (SFF) said: “From the fishing industry perspective we welcome the fact that climate change is [...]

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