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Archive for March, 2008


Further down the foodchain

Once only caught for bait, squid is fast becoming the ingredient of choice and demand for it prompted Seafish to carry out research into the UK fishery – to investigate catching methods and sustainability.
Over the past year, Seafish Gear Technologists have undertaken sea trips on vessels engaged in the targeted squid fishery in North-east Scotland [...]


EC reorganises Fisheries Directorate

THE EC has decided on a “far-reaching” reorganisation of the Directorate-General in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs.
The former “DG FISH” becomes the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and will now be known as DG MARE.
The main change involves the setting up of three geographic Directorates that will be responsible for managing both the [...]


Marine Environment Debate

Motion S3M-1602, in the name of Richard Lochhead saw the marine environment was debated in Holyrood on the 20th March 2008.
Mr Lochhead lead the debate speaking for 12 minutes without once mentioning sea angling.
He managed to include grey and common seals, whales, dolphins, porpoises, important seabird populations, ports and aquaculture.
He was also keen to point [...]


Scientists talk sense

Says Bertie Armstrong, the Scottish Fisherman’s Federation chief executive.
In a recent interview he said the Scottish industry had “got real about conservation” and “It’s now absolutely recognised that the scientists are not talking nonsense.”
This is the biggest change of attitude since his admissions last year that the catching sector in the past were actually guilty [...]


Car Boot Sale - Support SSACN

Update :: Terrific support on Sunday at Blochairn Market, Glasgow raised a goodly amount of funds for our work.
Particular thanks go to Sandy Kennedy of East Kilbride for donating a couple of rods on the day from his own tackle stall, and to Elizabeth Knott and William Darragh who run a stall for computer bits, [...]


No sea angling licence in England

Update :: In a written answer to a question (S3W-10898) by John Scott MSP (Con), Mr Lochhead stated "There are currently no plans to introduce rod licences".
Westminster today abandoned its current plans to introduce sea angling licences.
A provision enabling licences to be imposed has been withdrawn from the UK Government’s Marine Bill due to be [...]


Reduce monitoring to cut costs

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is calling for the urgent introduction of measures to help alleviate Scottish fishermen who are struggling to remain viable now that fuel costs account for around 50% of expenses for a single fishing trip.
According to Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead has given the [...]


Dolphins and devolved interests

A clash between oil and gas exploration and the Moray Firth colony of bottlenose dolphins has got Environment Secretary Lochhead asking Westminster to make sure that there will be no adverse effect on the integrity of the special area of conservation in the Moray Firth, its local dolphin population and it’s associated tourism.
Now of course [...]


Crews that work

Fishing boat skippers in Fraserburgh, are replacing their wasted crew members with Filipinos because of their clean living and strict work ethic.
Around a hundred of them are now working in Fraserburgh with half as many again crewing vessels out of Peterhead and Eyemouth.
A local college administrator I spoke to last week at a seminar [...]

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