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Archive for April, 2008


Reel prize - It’s been drawn

The Penn 525 Mag reel has been won by Gareth Heydon
The draw took place at Country Sports Tackle & Guns shop Causeyside St. Paisley. The winning ticket was drawn by Robert Watt - Proprietor.
Thanks to all those who took part, your contributions and support are greatly appreciated. Look out for our next draw - [...]


SEAFISH offices searched

THE headquarters of the Sea Fish Industry Authority in Edinburgh has been visited by police and fisheries enforcement officials as part of an ongoing investigation ( begun in 2005 ) into alleged illegal fish landings at Scottish ports.
The investigation has already involved specific issues relating to the landing of pelagic species in Shetland and in [...]


For safety’s sake

THE Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has reported a more than 50 per cent rise in fatal sea angling incidents - 11 sea anglers lost their lives while sea angling in 2007, which was up from seven in 2006.
It added that all the deaths occurred last year between May and October, with seven happening whilst [...]


Shetland scallop dredger fined

A SHETLAND fisherman was ordered to pay £3,000 at Lerwick Sheriff Court after he admitted breaching regulations designed to protect the islands’ shellfish stocks.
Stanley Gray was dragging 12 dredges just over a mile south east of Bressay Isle during the night of 1 February last year breaching the Shetland Islands Regulatory Fishery (Scotland)Order of 1999, [...]


World Ocean’s Day

World Oceans’ Day was established at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and is an international celebration of the seas aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the marine environment and threats to it.
There have been annual World Oceans’ Day events in Dumfries & Galloway almost every year since 1992 involving a [...]


Scotland - no plans to protect tope

In the House of Lords, Lord Taylor of Holbeach (Cons) asked HMG :
With reference to the Tope (Prohibition of Fishing) Order 2008 (SI 2008/691), whether Articles 3, 4 and 5 provide that tope may be caught using a rod and line but may not be landed in England nor transshipped to a fishing boat from [...]


Isle of Man to protect scallops

A NEW byelaw has been introduced in the Isle of Man banning all forms of towed fishing gear in Douglas Bay until 2011 to help protect scallop fisheries. This is the second such coastal area in Manx waters to introduce the ruling.
Today, 26,000 two-year-old scallops were placed into the bay by the Department of Agriculture, [...]


More Government support for the commercial fishing communities

THE North Sea Women’s Network - an international organisation based in Scotland, set up to better the lives and livelihoods of people living in coastal communities - is hosting a conference in Edinburgh next month to look at the issues surrounding the management of change in coastal communities.
Funded by the Scottish Government and sponsored [...]


Feathers appeal more than fins

RSPB Scotland supports the announcement that the Scottish Government is looking to extend up to 31 Special Protection Areas (SPAs) to give seabird feeding grounds the same protection as their nesting colonies on the land.
The RSPB Scotland head of conservation policy - Lloyd Austin was quoted as saying “This is very welcome news, and a [...]

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