Archive for January, 2008

SSACN Join Cabinet level Task Force

SSACN Join Cabinet level Task Force

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CFP to be broken up ?

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 […]

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Catching sector must get it right

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 […]

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‘No-take’ zone at Lamlash Bay

‘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 […]

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Good Science – Bad Science & Climate Change

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 […]

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Ministerial Statement – Voluntary Closures

Ministerial Statement – Voluntary Closures

Responding to the ministerial statement today on fisheries in which Richard Lochhead detailed that the first voluntary real time closure had taken place, John Scott MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs & the Environment, said: “This is a welcome development in terms of delivering truly sustainable fisheries, as it turns theory into reality. Therefore, […]

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SNP Dept of Rural Affairs on fishing

SNP Dept of Rural Affairs on fishing

http://www.snp.org/policies/rural-affars recognises that ” … Scotland’s fishing industry provides tens of thousands of jobs and generates hundreds of millions of pounds for the Scottish economy. It also provides the heart of many of our coastal communities who depend on the success of that industry. It also goes on to say ” Fishing is vital to […]

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Parliamentary answer on Closures

Parliamentary answer on Closures

There has been much made about the voluntary fishery closures introduced by the Scottish Government and agreed to by the commercial fishing industry – often referred to by those concerned and the media as being a ‘world leading’ measure. There was a surprising answer to the following parliamentary question. John Scott (Ayr) (Con): To ask […]

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