Archive for February, 2008

Angel Shark Protected

Angel Shark Protected

THE Angel Shark has been awarded protection in English waters under the Wildlife & Countryside Act. In December 2006 the Angel Shark was declared extinct in the North Sea and is listed as “critically endangered.” From April this year it will become illegal to target, kill, or injure an Angel shark within six nautical miles […]

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Back attacking the dogs

Back attacking the dogs

Mike Park, the executive chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association, said today that it would be difficult to argue against the case for more protection for dogfish. BUT he believes the 5% bycatch limit is at the extreme end of the scale and thinks there is the case for looking at the possibility […]

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M&J Seafood to stop sale of shark

M&J Seafood to stop sale of shark

M&J Seafood has announced that it will no longer be supplying shark as of the end of March. The decision to remove all shark from its frozen and fresh product portfolio comes as part of what the company says are its continued efforts to support sustainable sourcing and champion underutilised species. The company says that […]

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SSACN Holyrood Event and Debate

SSACN Holyrood Event and Debate

27th Feb – a key date & place for Scotland’s sea anglers. SSACN are holding a lunchtime Event in the Parliament building. Sea Angling will be debated in the Holyrood Debating Chamber. At the SSACN Event, hosted by John Scott MSP, we shall be showing excerpts from a video we have made to illustrate how […]

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Solway trawler fleet owner fined £472000

Solway trawler fleet owner fined £472000

Dumfries and Galloway firm TN Trawlers, owned by Tom Nicholson of Annan, admitted a total of 26 offences which broke European regulations controlling catches of specified species of fish and owner. He was ordered to pay £472,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act and given six months to raise the cash or face a jail […]

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Fight ’em on the beaches

Fight ’em on the beaches

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) today criticised Whitehall proposals to tackle the thousands of tonnes of waste littering beaches in England and Wales, but welcomed the plans from the Scottish Government. Last week, the Governments closed their consultations on introducing the revised European Bathing Water Directive, due to become UK law on March 24th. Each […]

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Smell the coffee ?

Smell the coffee ?

In a recent meeting one of the catching sector representatives came out with the following : “In the fishing industry there is considerable antagonism towards environmentalists, NGOs and the general environmental lobby. That is neither supportable nor appropriate, with the marine bills coming up and just the general changed view of the public” What next […]

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5% bycatch limit surprises industry

5% bycatch limit surprises industry

Update 17/02/08 Mike Park, the executive chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association continues to argue that the 5% bycatch rule is “without a shadow of a doubt” causing discards to mount – he also asserted the UK should argue strongly for an amendment to the regulation as more detailed analysis is required. Without […]

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