Archive for March, 2008

Further down the foodchain

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 […]

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Scientists talk sense

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 […]

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Reduce monitoring to cut costs

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 […]

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Response from Minister Russell

Response from Minister Russell

During the debate on John Scott’s Members Bill regarding sea angling, Minister for Environment Michael Russell stated : ” I see no reason why we should not have a debate on recreational angling at some future stage. I cannot of course bind the Minister for Parliamentary Business, but having such a debate seems a reasonable […]

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Heads in the sand

Heads in the sand

The fishermen know why there are so few fish by Johnny Woodlock. For the Sea Fishery Advisory Group of the Irish Seal Sanctuary As the days progress, more and more fishermen are finally admitting that they know why the fishing industry is facing such a crisis. It is simple; the fish have been caught as […]

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Tope – rod and line only

Tope – rod and line only

After three years of campaigning by SOS and more lately SSACN, the groups have finally received the official news that they have been waiting for. The letter below from the English fisheries minister Johnathon Shaw confirms that he has laid an Order before Parliament prohibiting the fishing for tope other than by rod and line […]

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Why I need healthy seas

Why I need healthy seas

Life at the Edge Condensed from a talk given by Bill McDermott at the Scottish Parliament’s Environment Week in early February’ I have been a shellfish farmer for the past 12 years working in the South Channel of Loch Moidart. It is a magical place and I feel privileged to be able to make my […]

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